Archers come up short against Growling Tigers
Published on October 11th, 2015 | by Denise So
Today, the DLSU Green Archers seemed to run out of gas as the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers raced to the finish line, 81-79, leaving the Taft-based squad choking on their exhaust. Coming off a thrilling win against their archrivals, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the Archers entered today’s game with high hopes in overrunning the Tigers. Instead, they came out flat.
From the opening lap, both teams looked aggressive in getting the ball. In the first few minutes of the quarter, UST’s Daquioag led the Espana-based squad with a couple of jumpers while Perkins drained two consecutive baskets for La Salle. After a few missed offensive attempts by the Archers, the Growling Tigers went on a mini-run but this was soon negated after Sargent banked in a teardrop shot followed by a reversed layup. Teng added his own contribution as he drove to the basket, putting La Salle ahead by a point after the first.
The Archers started the second quarter on high-octane. An assist by Perkins to Rivero followed by another basket from the latter led to a five-point lead. Growling Tiger, Louis Vigil, cut the deficit to two after a shot from beyond the arc. However, Rivero banked in another shot that gave the Archers some breathing room. Rookie, Langston, extended La Salle’s lead after draining a three. A drive by Torralba and a put-back by Tratter lifted the Green Archers to a 10-point advantage, but the Tigers refused to get left behind. A layup by Daquioag and a rainbow shot from Lee kept them from trailing too far behind the Archers. With a few seconds left in the quarter, Torralba was sent to the free-throw line where he canned his charity baskets for a 45-37, half-time lead.
The third lap started with a trey from Torres. UST picked up on the action as Abdul and Daquioag contributed baskets for their alma matter. Torres drained another shot from beyond the arc but UST’s Lee countered with a three-point shot of his own. The Growling Tigers went on an 8-2 run but the Archers found their groove again as Tratter banked in consecutive baskets followed by a jumper from Teng. Vigil contributed a floater to lift his team but Teng countered with a mid-ranged jumper, 66-59 at the end of the third frame.
The Archers seemed to have lost their way early in the fourth while Ferrer and Daquioag shifted the Tigers’ offense into overdrive, overtaking the Archers by five. A drive by Rivero followed by a split charity basket from the aforementioned and another bucket from the sophomore player led to the fourth deadlock of the game at 73 all. A turnaround by Karim and a spin-move by Vigil gave the Growling Tigers a four-point advantage with a minute left into the game. Teng and Torres attempted to rally back by attempting shots from beyond the arc but they were unable to drain the baskets. The Archers fouled Abdul and Ferrer to stop time but the Tigers were able to make the shots. Torres then drained another trey with four seconds left into the game but the Tigers were still ahead. At the last second, Teng fired a Hail Mary from three-quarter court that beat the buzzer, but unfortunately, nothing more.
Jeron Teng led the Archers with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Prince Rivero and Joshua Torralba contributed 13 and 12, respectively. On the other hand, Karim Abdul led the Growling Tigers with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Now the team heads back to the pit stop to try to overhaul their engines in preparation for Wednesday’s match against the UE Red Warriors in the Araneta Coliseum at 2:00 pm.