Green Archers avert collapse versus Bulldogs to pick up win no. 1

(Photo by Kiana Carlos) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers survived a late scare from the National University (NU) Bulldogs to clinch their first win of their UAAP Season 82 campaign, 83-82, earlier today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Eager to make a difference from their last outing, the Green Archers hopped on to a strong start in the opening quarter. Everything went well on both ends as the Taft-based squad connected their shots and created stops. A triple by Justine Baltazar forced an early 11-point lead, 17-6, as La Salle led NU at the end of the first canto, 22-12.

In what seemed to be a development of another second quarter fiasco, it was a nightmare start for the Green Archers, who committed one turnover after another. On the other hand, the Bulldogs cut their deficit to as small as five, 21-26. However, Baltazar had other plans. The fourth year center erupted for a personal 7-0 run to restore order and halt NU’s offensive strike. La Salle’s ball movement worked wonders and eventually led to a 10-point spread, 42-32, at the end of the first half.

It was Malonzo time in the third canto. After failing to strike a score across his name, Jamie Malonzo announced his presence scoring, dishing out passes, and defending for the Green Archers. La Salle kept a double-digit cushion, 67-57, after the third frame and entering the final period.

The Green-and-White cooled off in the fourth quarter as a three-minute scoring drought gave the Blue-and-Gold a window to catch up. An aggressive 16-4 run by the Jhocson-based squad saw the Bulldogs knocking at all doors in Taft. Shaun Ildefonso knocked down a three to cut La Salle’s deficit to five, 76-81. The Bulldogs’ team captain made the Green Archers pay with another triple that gave them an 82-81 lead following back-to-back errors by Joel Cagulangan. With less than 15 ticks in the game, Aljun Melecio found a sliding Kurt Lojera who buried a cold-blooded jumper that proved to be the winner for their team, 83-82.

The DLSU Green Archers (1-1) look to build their first winning streak of the season as they face the UE Red Warriors on Saturday, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Scores:

DLSU (83) – Baltazar 23, Malonzo 14, Melecio 10, Caracut 7, Lojera 6, Meeker 6, Serrano 6, Bates 4, Pado 4, Cagulangan 3

NU (82) – S. Ildefonso 26, Clemente 19, Gallego 12, Gaye 11, D. Ildefonso 8, Joson 2, Minerva 2, Mosqueda 2

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Green Archers

(Photo by Pauline Recto) The roads had never been any smoother for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers as they entered the post-Mayhem era in the UAAP Season 81.

DLSU Green Archers in Season 81: finished the eliminations 8-6 (tied with FEU at 4th place), lost to FEU in playoff game to finish 5th place

The Green Archers lost former head coach Aldin Ayo and key cogs Ricci Rivero and two-time MVP Ben Mbala. From contending for the Season 80 title, the boys finished Season 81 one basket shy of a third straight Final Four appearance. This forced the Taft-based squad to a major overhaul in the offseason.

We take a look at what else we can expect from the Green Archers, who will be entering Season 82 full of motivation.

LOOKING BACK

Almost a year after Arvin Tolentino knocked down that cold-blooded triple that ousted the Green Archers from the Final Four race, memories of that heartbreak remain vivid not only for the athletes but also to the Lasallian community.

Then third year guard and now co-captain Aljun Melecio noted that even though they were not able to secure the last ticket to the semis, the experience they gained was helpful. “Konti lang yung mga seniors last season, so marami kaming na-gain na experience coming through this season,” he shared.

Injuries also took a toll on the Taft-based squad with last season’s team captain Kib Montalbo fracturing his thumb and Taane Samuel almost missing the entire season after injuring his foot in just his first game. With just 13 players on board, the team struggled to find the right formula.

MAJOR OVERHAUL (PLAYERS)

La Salle will be bannering a lineup looking to turn heads as they play in Season 82. While almost half of the squad will be representing the Green-and-White for the first time, need not be scared as they know for sure how to handle the pressure.

Additions: Jordan Bartlett, Joel Cagulangan, Ralph Cu, Francis Escandor, Tyrus Hill, Donn Lim, Kurt Lojera, Jamie Malonzo, Keyshawn Meeker, James Pado

La Salle made silent waves in the offseason by acquiring the services of Jamie Malonzo, Keyshawn Meeker, and James Pado. With four years of experience of USA collegiate basketball on board, they are expected to showcase maturity and leadership in their one-and-done season for the Green Archers.

Suiting up from high school, on the other hand, is Joel Cagulangan. Arguably the best point guard in their class, Cagulangan committed to the Green Archers even before graduating from La Salle Greenhills.

Eager to rock the stage in the seniors division, the former NCAA Season 94 Juniors MVP expressed that there will be a huge transition from high school to college ball. “Back to zero. Lahat ng na-achieve mo nung high school, hindi mo na mapapakinabangan sa college.” He added, “Kailangan triplehin mo effort mo. Mahirap talaga.”

Completing the Green Archers overhaul are Jordan Bartlett, Tyrus Hill, and Kurt Lojera, who all have finished serving residency and are ready to don the green and white jerseys. Known as a defensive specialist, Bartlett expressed, “Personally, I believe I can lift this team up on the defensive end. I take pride in my ability to pressure the ball, to defend 90 feet.” Moreover, he also boasts his ability to make plays as the playmaker. Nevertheless, he is ready to help in the aspects the team needs him. He assured, “In any way or any role the coach or the team needs me, I am ready to contribute.”

Holdovers: Justine Baltazar, Brandon Bates, Andrei Caracut, Joaqui Manuel, Aljun Melecio, Encho Serrano

Melecio will be joined by graduating guard and team captain Andrei Caracut and Season 81 Mythical Five member Justine Baltazar. The trio, remnants of the Green Archers team who won the Season 79 title in 2016, will be taking on a huge task to lead the troops this time.

Down to his final playing year with the team and the UAAP stage, now is the time for seasoned veteran Caracut to show what he has got. The former San Beda Red Cub standout won the Rookie of the Year award in his first year with La Salle. However, he had failed to find his groove and live up to expectations in Season 81. Given the load on his shoulders, Caracut vowed to be a good leader to his squad. He mentioned, “Kung paano ako gumalaw, kailangan maayos ako at may disiplina. Kailangan gayahin nila ako, kumbaga good example.” Off the court, he shares his championship stint to inspire his younger teammates. “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na yung championship naging life-changing sa akin, kahit limited time lang akong naglaro sa Finals.”

Meanwhile, Baltazar never really got to show his abilities when he played alongside fellow center Mbala. However, he got his biggest break when he became the team’s main big man, producing consistent figures en route to his Mythical Team recognition.

Melecio will continue to boast his shooting ability as the team’s main gunner. The fourth-year scoring machine looks to provide quick points and clutch baskets down the stretch. The confidence Melecio possesses will definitely be a key factor for the Green Archers’ campaign.

Departures: Mark Dyke, Jollo Go, Kib Montalbo, Taane Samuel, Leonard Santillan

MAJOR OVERHAUL (COACHING STAFF)

Not only are the Green Archers set to parade a new group of players, but also some fresh faces on their bench. Even the coaching staff were not exempted from the team’s major overhaul during the offseason, causing headlines barely months after La Salle’s elimination.

Taking the head coaching duties for the Green Archers in Season 82 is Gian Nazario, a long-time deputy at De La Salle Zobel. He will be partnered by former NBA G-League coach Jermaine Byrd as the team’s active consultant.

Nazario noted that the boys spent time adjusting to his system at first. “(It) took them a while, but we had to show them videos and kinda made comparisons with the players on how we want them to be,” he shared. “It wasn’t really difficult. We just had to keep reminding them kung anong kailangan gawin and what is expected of them.”

Nevertheless, these efforts blossomed into something positive. “I think it showed during the Filoil (Flying V Preseason Premier Cup). We were able to play in the Finals, although we came out short. Afterwards, it as just a matter of everyday, we try to get better. Every practice, we try to get better, and we’re all on the same page. The players are all on the same page in terms of improving their skills.”

On the other hand, thanks to the great acceptance of the team, it became easy for Byrd to adjust with the boys. “The new players, along with the new high school players, they allowed me to coach them. As a group, we are doing better every day, every practice, and every warm up game.”

Byrd takes pride of the Green Archers’ depth. “We have 16 guys who can play. This team, the way I constructed it, the way I built it, the way I wanted it to be built, it is not about one player. It is about the team. If one guy is not getting it done that night, we have another guy at that position whose night it might be.” He continued, “I think we are three or four deep at every position, and all guys know if they do not have it going that night, the other guy will get the opportunity to play.”

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT

With pretty much new faces making up the entire squad, it will be difficult to predict what may happen. However, Byrd promised a Green Archers team not to sleep on. “They can expect a team that has a lot of enjoyment, a fun-paced team, a team that’s gonna get up and down and score a lot of points, but a team that is also going to play together and also going to play defense.”

Compared with the previous season, Melecio noted that the Green Archers are now more complete in terms of chemistry, players, and coaching staff, making them more versatile to play what style would be effective. He claimed, “We can play fast. We can play slow. Also, yung defense namin, complete na yung materials for our bigs.”

Caracut vowed as he starts his senior year, “We’ll give our best. We’ll play with pride and attitude ng pagiging Lasallian. Nagta-trabaho kami sa practice for the institution, hindi lang para sa sarili namin. Mag-eenjoy sila.”

The DLSU Green Archers look to storm the UAAP community as they open their Season 82 campaign against their archrivals and two-time defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles tomorrow, September 8, 4 PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Late defensive lapse against Ateneo costs Green Booters elusive title

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The drought continues for the Green-and-White after the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters fell short in their championship match against their archrivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles yesterday, May 16 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Ninety minutes was almost enough to determine the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football champions as the Green Booters looked to hang on to their slim 1-0 edge against the Blue Eagles. However, just right after four minutes of time was added in the regulation, a Jarvey Gayoso stunner off a costly defensive error tied the game at 1-all. That paved way to an extra time, where Ateneo overtook La Salle to steal the title.

The entire La Salle squad made a good effort in disrupting Ateneo’s offense, not allowing the ball to go to back of the net even with a series of corners and free kicks towards the break. The first half ended with neither team producing a goal.

Riding on the momentum they built from the first half, the Taft-based squad spit fire after another, but AJ Arcilla proved why he was hailed Best Goalkeeper this season.

At the 78th minute, the Green Booters finally struck first with a hard-earned strike from Mohammad Almohjili. Coming off the counterattack, the rookie striker ran past two defenders to tally another goal to his name.

Ateneo refused to wave the white flag and continued to step on the gas pedal, creating chances after chances. While La Salle thought the championship was secured under their belt, Jarvey Gayoso deemed otherwise. The eventual Season MVP and Finals MVP just needed one out of the four minutes added time to bring his team back in contention with a conversion from a through ball that caught the defenders off-guard. He almost made it double, but Mig Brosoto refused to concede the match, coming up with a crucial back-to-back save.

It was at the 99th minute that allowed the Katipunan-based squad to put one hand on the trophy following a Julian Roxas header. Getting the rebound off a saved attempt, Luca Alleje showed composure and kicked up a spectacular cross that made it easy for Roxas to put the go-ahead goal for Ateneo.

While the Green-and-White showed heart and fought hard until the last whistle, they still failed to equalize the game, handing the gold to the opposing squad.

The loss extended the Green Booters’ waiting game as they continue to try to snap their title drought. However, on the bright side, three Lasallians garnered individual awards with Shanden Vergara getting the Rookie of the Year award, graduating senior Yoshi Koizumi bagging the Best Defender prize, and team captain Jed Diamante claiming the back-to-back Best Midfielder award.

The Green Booters will miss the services of Koizumi, Alfonso Montelibano, and Gyan de Vera. Nevertheless, with 13 rookies in their current lineup, the future looks bright for the Green-and-White after the gained experience from this season.

Caracut, Baltazar lead revamped Green Archers past UST in Filoil

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers demolished the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 72-49, for a rousing opening in their 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup campaign on Sunday, May 5, at the tournament’s namesake venue.

Both teams struggled to find their respective grooves in the opening frame, firing misses after another, finishing the low-scoring quarter, 12-11, in favor of UST.

The new-look Green Archers, led by new team captain Andrei Caracut, came alive in the second canto. The incoming fifth year guard out waxed hot after pouring in 15 of his 19 points. With help from the whole squad, the Green Archers rode on an 11-0 run sparked by a triple from Caracut that handed them the lead, 16-14. The Taft-based squad carried the momentum for a 39-27 advantage at the break.

While La Salle finally found their offensive possessions, the España-based squad continued to struggle in the second half. The Green Archers limited the Growling Tigers to just eight third quarter points. Incoming fourth year playmaker Aljun Melecio capitalized with his Mele-show, converting not only scoring-wise, but also dishing out to his mates. The Green-and-White pushed their advantage to 21, 50-29, after a one-two play courtesy of Melecio and UAAP Season 81 Mythical Team member Justine Baltazar.

Even with the huge cushion, the Taft-based squad continued to hustle for every possession. A Baltazar steal led to a spectacular play by Melecio that was converted by Caracut gave them a 25-point lead, 62-37. To make matters worse, bench players were also playing well for DLSU, with Gabe Capacio hitting the nail on the coffin with a trey that extended their advantage to 27, 70-43.

Catch the DLSU Green Archers (1-0) in their next outing as they face former Green Archer Ricci Rivero and the rest of the UP Fighting Maroons (0-1) on Sunday, May 12, still at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Scores:

DLSU 72 – Caracut 19, Baltazar 10, Manuel 9, Serrano 9, Lojera 6, Capacio 5, Cu 5, Melecio 5, Bartlett 2, Manaytay 2.

UST 49 – Chabi Yo 16, Ando 12, Concepcion 5, Bataller 4, Subido 4, Lee 3, Abando 2, Huang 2, Nonoy 1.

Quarterscores: 11-12, 39-27, 56-35, 72-49.

Lady Spikers yield to UST anew, bid farewell to four-peat dreams

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers bowed out of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament after losing anew to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses in five sets, 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 10-15, earlier today at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

After falling early into a deep two-set deficit against the Tigresses, the Lady Spikers showed a massive 14,000 crowd the heart of a champion, climbing back up and forcing a deciding set. However, it was just not for them as they eventually surrendered the game, the campaign, and the ever-elusive four-peat chase.

With this defeat, the Taft-based squad also snapped their decade-long Finals appearances.

In what was seeming like a straight-set victory for the Golden Tigresses, head coach Ramil de Jesus shuffled his cards and found an ace in Julia Ipac. The fourth-year spiker immediately converted consecutive kill blocks that ignited a 7-0 run for La Salle, which handed them an 18-15 lead. There was no looking back for the Lady Spikers as the entire team caught fire, keeping them alive in the contention, 25-20.

The Taft-based squad jumped to a 4-1 advantage, before UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes called for time and the España-based squad closed the gap to one, 3-4. Since then, it was nip-and-tuck affair as no team wanted to concede a three-point advantage, until Ysa Jimenez hammered a free ball, and brought them in front by four, 16-12. La Salle attempted to fight back, but a lucky return by KC Galdones gave UST the first set.

It was a similar encounter in the second frame: La Salle leads at the beginning, then UST overtakes. Five service errors committed proved too costly for the Green-and-White as every time they tried to build momentum, the serve fault breaks it.

This time around, it was the Gold-and-White who had the advantage at the head of the fourth canto, 5-1, following a series of errors by DLSU. But, the latter immediately made up and tied the set at five apiece. It was a nail-biter since then, as both teams refused to wave the white flag, countering every run the opposing team produces. La Salle maintained a three-point cushion towards the end of the set, avoiding a collapse and forcing a decider, 25-23.

Every time the Lady Spikers attempted to fight back, UST seemed like they always have the antidote. The Golden Tigresses glided to a 3-0 lead and maintained at least a three-point margin since then. De Jesus brought back in veterans Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Cobb in hopes of changing the complexion of the game, but to no avail. La Salle got to as close as a point, 10-11, following a bullet by Aduke Ogunsanya off a free ball. However, that proved to be their last point for the season as UST ran away to take the set and the match, and book their first Finals appearance since Season 73.

Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz spearheaded La Salle’s offense with 12 points, followed by team captain Desiree Cheng and Ogunsanya with 10 each. Lourdes Clemente and Ipac each chipped in seven markers, while May Luna contributed six markers.

On the other hand, Eya Laure exploded for 25 points, while team captain Sisi Rondina had 17 of her own. Galdones added 11, while Caitlyn Viray scored 10 for her team.

Team captain Desiree Cheng leaves the Lady Spikers as part of the UAAP Seasons 79 and 80 champion teams. She was the Finals MVP in Season 79 and the league’s Best Server in Season 80. On the other hand, Lourdes Clemente maxes out her UAAP eligibility after having played her first four collegiate years for the UPHSD in the NCAA.

Scores:

DLSU (2) 98 – Dela Cruz 12, Cheng 10, Ogunsanya 10, Clemente 7, Ipac 7, Luna 6, Tiamzon 4, Alba 1

UST (3) 108 – Laure 25, Rondina 17, Galdones 11, Viray 10, Jimenez 6, Bicar 5, Pacres 1

Lady Spikers succumb to UST, concede twice-to-beat advantage

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers absorbed a 1-3 defeat to the University of Sto Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 14-25, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25 in a play-off for number two earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

UST immediately jumped off to a 4-1 advantage following two consecutive errors by La Salle. Cherry Rondina then pushed their lead to five, 8-3 with a crosscourt hit that sent them ahead coming into the first technical timeout. Jolina Dela Cruz inched her team closer with a down the line kill, 10-13, but the Tigresses proved too strong for the defending champions. While the Taft-based squad attempted to rally themselves back, the Espana-based team wasted no time and blasted an imposing 9-3 run to finish the set in 25 minutes of play.

Contrary to the lopsided opening set, it was a different story in the second frame. Both squads were neck and neck until a service error by May Luna broke the deadlock and gave the opponent a two-point advantage, 9-7. In just a moment, the Green and White found itself staring at an eight-point deficit, 7-15 after 6-0 run by UST. To counter this, La Salle hopped on to their own 8-2 run, bringing themselves back in contention, 15-17. Eya Laure’s back-to-back down the line hits brought the Golden Tigresses to set point, 24-18. The Lady Spikers showed composure and cut the disadvantage to one, 23-24, before yielding the set.

This time around, La Salle got the upperhand in the beginning of the set, 6-1 following a Dela Cruz kill block, which immediately vanished as Rondina challenged the blockers to tie the score at seven apiece. DLSU trailed UST since then, but a service ace by Aduke Ogunsanya and another kill block by Dela Cruz switched up the tempo for the Green side. The Lady Spikers refused to wave the white flag and extended the game into a fourth canto.

The teams were nip-and-tuck, until a crosscourt spike by team captain Rondina gave her squad a four-point lead, 9-5, but a 5-0 run by the Lady Spikers capped by Luna’s down the line hit changed the tides for her squad, 10-9. Coach Kungfu Reyes’ timeout deemed effective as it transferred the advantage to them, 16-13 heading into the second technical timeout. From then on, UST’s spectacular floor defense partnered with DLSU’s errors proved too costly as it handed the opposing squad the victory.

Dela Cruz led the way for La Salle with 12 points, while Desiree Cheng and Luna chipped in nine apiece.

On the flipped side, Rondina scored a whopping 29 markers, and Laure added 17 of her own.

Both teams will face off against each other in the Final Four on Sunday, May 5 at the same venue.

Green Spikers survive Maroons late scare, exit Season 81 on high note

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers edged the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in a five-set thriller, 25-21, 25-21, 15-25, 23-25, 15-11, to end their season on a positive note earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

With both teams out of Final Four contention, It was a no-bearing game but they made sure to end this season with a bang.

On his last game representing the Green and White, team captain Cris Dumago led the way with a whopping 23 points off 18 attacks, three service aces, and two kill blocks.

It was a chess match, no team wanting to concede a two-point lead, until a smart placement hit by Wayne Marco put La Salle ahead by two, 13-11, which was then pushed further to five, 16-11, courtesy of a kill by Kieffer Reyes heading into the second technical timeout. The Taft-based squad maintained at least a four-point margin throughout the remainder of the set, before a Reyes c-quick handed La Salle the 1-0 set advantage.

The Green Spikers immediately jumped to a 4-1 lead following a crosscourt cut shot by rookie Bill Anima. The UP squad were still in step until a service ace by Dumago extended La Salle’s lead by five, 14-9. The Fighting Maroons attempted to rally some points, almost succeeding at some point, cutting the deficit to two, 14-16, following an attacking error by Geraint Bacon. However, the Green and White proved too strong for UP, immediately finishing the set, 25-21.

The Fighting Maroons refused to wave the white flag as the Green Spikers struggled to find their groove, committing errors after another, ending the lopsided third set with 11 miscues.

Once again, it was nip-and-tuck affair in the beginning of the fourth frame before the Taft-based squad started to pull away 11-6 following a Jerry San Pedro error. La Salle was still leading 16-12 in the second technical timeout, but Gian De Jesus’ service error after proved too costly as it initiated a 5-1 run by UP to tie the set at 17. No team wanted to concede the set, but it was a hammer by Consuelo off a free ball that sent the match to an extension.

Contrary to previous sets, UP got the upper hand in the beginning of the deciding set, 3-0, after a kill block on Dumago’s hit. However, Delos Reyes showed composure and refused to give the game up, scoring La Salle’s first three points to bring them in step, 3-4. Once again, The Maroons attempted to step on the gas pedal, pushing their lead to three, 6-3 following a Ruskin Ijiran soft hit. However, the Green and White got back to their senses and avoided a collapse to claim the game, 15-11.

Following Dumago’s stellar performance, Anima contributed 22 markers while Reyes chipped in 18. Setter Marco also tallied 32 excellent sets for the winning side.

Meanwhile, Millete scored 23, while graduating seniors Gian San Pascual and San Pedro had 16 and 14, respectively. Jerahmeel Baldelovar also showcased spectacular setting, tallying 33 for his team.

The Green Spikers finish the tourney at sixth place with a win-lose record of 5-9.

Green Spikers succumb anew to Soaring Falcons

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers fell to the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons in four sets, 14-25, 25-23, 19-25, 19-25 at the Araneta Coliseum, earlier today.

Adamson made quick work of La Salle in the first set, launching from a 4-1 lead following a team captain vs team captain joust between Paolo Pablico (AdU) and Cris Dumago, which was won by the former. DLSU tried to rally some points, but struggled to find its groove, giving Adamson the first set in just 20 minutes of play.

Once again, The Green Spikers found themselves down early in the second set, 0-3, after a series of errors, but got back on their feet to tie the game at five apiece. Stellar floor defense showcased by the Green and White shifted the lead to La Salle, 11-10, following a Dumago crosscourt hit that ended a long rally. La Salle maintained a three-point cushion since then, but four straight points by AdU changed the complexion of the game and made the Green Spikers surrender their advantage, 19-20. However, the combined efforts of Dumago and rookie Gerian Bacon finished the set in favor of the Green and White, overcoming a 23-21 advantage by AdU.

It was a chess match, no team wanting to allow a two-point lead until a Carlo Jimenez drop gave the San Marcelino-based crew an 8-4 advantage heading into the first technical timeout. From then on, the opposing squad never stopped putting their feet on the gas pedal, leading to as much as seven, 17-10, after a bullet by Geoffrey Alicando. The Soaring Falcons did not look back and capped off the set with a forced error from Dumago.

Although La Salle showed Animo in the fourth frame, the number of unforced errors were just too much. The boys in green immediately found themselves staring at a 2-6 deficit following an unorthodox hit by George Labang. The Soaring Falcons extended their lead to six, 18-12, with a drop shot by Pablico that ended another long rally. La Salle refused to wave the white flag as a service ace by Billie Anima, and back-to-back offensive blocks by Kieffer Reyes and the team captain gave DLSU a glimmer of hope, cutting the deficit to two, 16-18. However, Adamson showed composure and countered with an offensive block of their own, courtesy of Alicando. Jimenez then gave the match to his team with a drop shot that fooled the entire Green Spikers squad.

Lone bright spot Dumago spearheaded La Salle’s offense with 18 points followed by Anima’s 10 and Reyes’ 9.

On the flip side, three Soaring Falcons tallied double digits as Pablico scored 18, Leo Miranda had 13, while Labang finished with 10 markers. Setter Jimenez was hailed as the best player of the game with 35 excellent sets and six points.

The Green Spikers now hold a 4-8 win-loss record slate.

Catch our men’s volleyball team as the Green Spikers attempt to bounce back against the FEU Tamaraws on April 24, Wednesday, 10AM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Lady Batters exit Season 81 at third place after bowing to UST

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters ended their spectacular run in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament following a 2-9 mercy rule defeat against the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses earlier today, March 25, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Tigresses forced a deciding match after cancelling out the Lady Batters’ twice-to-beat advantage in Game 1 of the semifinals.

Coming off a scoreless first inning. it was a wild sequence for both squads in the second canto. La Salle changed the tides when Gladelyn Alipato got a single as UST fumbled with the ball. Chinny Ejar then capitalized this with a double that brought Alipato home. La Salle’s killer instinct did not stop there. Following this action, a Kiana Juan high-flier sent Ejar to third base. Lalaine Cunanan then capped it off with a zinger that extended the Green and White’s lead to two, 2-0.

UST’s Palma and Guevarra each got quick singles as Tiozon immediately batted a double that pushed them to third and second bases, respectively. A sac bunt by Belaro caught the scrambling Lady Batters off-guard, resulting in a run by Guevarra. Soon after, the Taft-Based squad found themselves down by one after a double by a pinch hitter sent two Golden Tigresses home for a 3-2 lead.

Stellar defense from the Espana-based squad closed the doors for La Salle in the third inning with easy catches on Mercy Arroyo and Alipato’s respective hits, while Badeth Benson failed to beat the throw.

On the other hand, the Golden Tigresses stepped on the gas pedal and never looked back. Sales immediately sent Bellaro home following a Dela Cruz double boomer to the left. Palma then capitalized on La Salle’s errors to add more fuel to the fire. It was total collapse for the Lady Batters as another Tiozon triple and Barredo single off a low ball ballooned UST’s lead to five, 7-2.

The Batting woes continued for the Lady Batters as Ejar, Juan, and Cunanan’s hit were all too easy for the UST fielders, resulting in three immediate outs for La Salle.

The España-based squad continued their killer instinct highlighted by a homerun by Dela Cruz. Palma hit the nail in the coffin with a double that further pushed La Salle down, 2-9, to end the fourth inning.

The Lady Batters waved the white flag in the fifth inning after two easy catches on Miranda and Arroyo’s hits and Velasco failing to beat the throw.

Head coach Jasper Cabrera rued the Lady Batters’ batting and pitching problems. “Wala talaga. Naglack talaga kami sa batting, tsaka yung pitcher namin na-check na nila. Kuha na nila, pang-apat na game na namin ito. Sa pitcher talaga okay lang sila kung bumabawi kami.”

Nevertheless, the girls will be up on the podium for the first time in more than a decade. After placing sixth in Season 80, they end Season 81 at third place. They finished second in the eliminations a win-loss record of 8-4, and an overall 8-6 slate for the season.

Team captain Jamica Arribas lead this year’s batch of graduating Lady Batters. Along with her are Badeth Benson and Mercy Arroyo.

Lady Spikers fail to find antidote against Lady Maroons

Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers once again fell to the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons, this time in straight sets, 16-25, 24-26, 19-25, earlier today, at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

La Salle got their record stained after bowing down to the same squad in a five-set thriller during the first round of the tournament.

Both teams were nip-and-tuck until back-to-back errors by La Salle forced UP to pull ahead, 14-7. The Lady Spikers attempted to rally some points, but their 10 errors committed were just too much as opposed to only five errors from the Lady Maroons.

The defending champions showed composure and showcased a different La Salle squad to start the second set. The Lady Spikers established a five-point cushion, 17-12, following a setting error violation on Ayel Estrañero. But, things eventually went downhill for the Taft-based squad. After committing one error after another, the girls found themselves staring at a tied game at 19-all. The Lady Maroons then took advantage of La Salle’s three service errors to steal the set, 26-24.

In danger of losing the game all in all, the Lady Spikers jumped off to a four-point lead, 6-2, in the third frame. A service ace by Lorie Bernardo evened the score at 7-all. An attempt straight to the net by Tin Tiamzon switched the tempo and gave the momentum back to UP. Subsequently, a service ace by Desiree Cheng brought La Salle back up, 14-13. It was a chess match from then on as neither squad wanted to concede a two-point margin. However, the Lady Maroons never looked backed when they took the lead at 19-17, handing La Salle their third loss of the season.

Team captain Cheng led the Green and White with 11 points, while Des Clemente and Dela Cruz added six apiece.

On the other hand, Tots Carlos led UP with 13 points, followed by Molde’s 11.

With this defeat, the Lady Spikers (5-3) joined UP, UST, and FEU in a four-way logjam at the second to fifth places.

Ironically, La Salle, the best serving team in the league, committed a whopping 37 errors, 17 of which were from the service line.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will attempt to bounce back against the NU Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, March 27, 4PM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.