Far Eastern University went 1-0 over National University in the juniors finals, but went down in its opener against Adamson University in the women’s championship series of UAAP Season 74 basketball on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Baby Tamaraws, however, had to go to overtime in beating the Bulldogs, 71-67, in game 1 of their best-of-three championship series.
Against the Lady Falcons, the Lady Tamaraws yielded to the San Marcelino seeking its fourth straight title, 60-56, also at the start of the finals series.
Juniors Season 74 MVP Jerie Pingoy scattered 22 points for the Baby Tamaraws, who moved a win shy of winning their first UAAP crown since 1987.
Pingoy, the pride of Cebu and son of former PBA player Jerie Sr., also hauled down eight rebounds, posted five steals and dished out four assists in 38 minutes on the floor.
“Magaling ang bata. Kailangan na lamang niyang mag-improve sa kanyang decision making,” said Baby Tamaraws coach Mike Oliver.
Anna Buendia had 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Snow Peñaranda made 17 points, 12 rebounds and five steals for ther Lady Falcons who are eyeing their third straight crown.
Game 2 of the juniors and women’s series will be on Tuesday also at the Big Dome.