Gallant Lady Archers stand not enough as FEU escapes in one-point win

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers received their third loss of the UAAP Season 82 after a comeback fell short against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 66-67, yesterday, September 18, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Morayta-based squad had control almost the entire game. FEU put on an early 14-11 lead and extending it to 31-25 at the end of the first half. The Lady Tamaraws continued to sizzle in the second half. Later on, they built their biggest lead at 11, 66-55, midway through the final frame. But, the Lady Archers were not about to raise the white flag already.

A 6-1 run by La Salle put them behind by only six points, 61-67, with less than two minutes in the game clock. A basket by Kent Pastrana, who sparked the run for the Taft-based squad, then cut it down to four, 63-67, with 38 seconds to go. La Salle closed the gap to just a solitary point, 66-67, on a triple with 22 remaining, forcing the Lady Tamaraws to a timeout. However, a desperation attempt by Bea Dalisay would just not go in as FEU managed to escape.

Pastrana continued her sensational performance, leading her team anew with 18 big points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. However, the rookie out of Silay City also committed four turnovers and was 0/5 from deep.

Bernice Paraiso and team captain Bennette Revillosa each finished with 13 and 11 markers. The latter contributed eight boards, three swipes, and four rejections.

The DLSU Lady Archers (2-3) seek to return to the win column when they face the ADU Soaring Lady Falcons on Saturday, September 21, at the Ynares Center Antipolo.


DLSU (66) – Pastrana 18, Paraiso 13, Revillosa 11, Sario 8, Quingco 7, Camba 4, Dalisay 3, Okoli 2

FEU (67) – Mamaril 21, Antiola 14, Castro 13, Bahuyan 8, Delos Santos 5, Jumuad 3, Abat 2, Quiapo 1

Quarterscores: 11-14, 25-31, 46-54, 66-67

Outrebounded, turnover-prone Green Archers fall to Tamaraws for 1-3 record

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers suffered back-to-back losses, and their third in four outings, after falling to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 55-66, earlier today at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Fresh off a heartbreaking loss against the UE Red Warriors, the Green Archers were determined to bounce back. With the return of Keyshawn Meeker (knee) and Jamie Malonzo (wrist) to the lineup, the Archers expected a different outcome to this crucial match. Unfortunately, it was the same old story for the Taft-based squad.

After a good start to take an early 13-7 lead, the Green-and-White fizzled as momentum swung to FEU. As La Salle struggled to buy a basket, the Tamaraws kicked into overdrive and went on a scorching 12-1 run, giving them the lead, 19-14, at the end of the first frame.

The opening minutes of the ensuing quarter spelled disaster for the Green Archers as the scoring drought continued. After starting the game shooting 66% from the field, the Taft-based squad went 0/11 bridging the first two quarters. The Tamaraws pushed extended their run to 23-3. Malonzo finally broke the dry spell on a trey that got the lid off the basket for La Salle, 17-21. La Salle failed to get into their groove before the break, surrendering to a double-digit deficit, 24-36.

Off the break, La Salle played with more urgency after a lackluster first half. Back-to-back baskets by Malonzo and Justine Baltazar gave the Green Archers a much needed boost to open the second half. Buckets began to fall as it was now the Tamaraws’ turn to struggle. Another triple by Malonzo cut the deficit to single digits, 31-40, with 7:50 remaining. La Salle kept the game close until a quick cut by Aljun Melecio got the Archers within striking distance, 39-44, forcing a timeout by FEU.

The fourth quarter got underway with DLSU still trailing, 43-49. La Salle looked to ride their momentum early until FEU reasserted control with a Comboy triple to open the quarter. The Tamaraws relied on the sweet-shooting guard’s stellar play as FEU seemed to have an answer for every La Salle rally. A layup by Comboy pushed the lead to 11, 64-53, with 1:35 remaining. That basket proved to be the final nail in the coffin as the succeeding possessions for the Green Archers ended in wild misses and desperate heaves.

The superb display continued for Malonzo, who finished with a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds as the lone bright spot for the Green Archers.

On the other hand, Patrick Tchuente led the Tamaraws with a strong game of 19 markers.


DLSU (55) – Malonzo 20, Caracut 10, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Melecio 5, Bates 2, Lojera 2, Meeker 2, Laput 2

FEU (66) – Tchuente 19, Comboy 11, Bienes 9, Eboña 8, Alforque 7, Gonzales 5, Tuffin 4, Torres 3

Quarterscores: 14-19, 24-36, 43-49, 55-66

The Green Archers’ next three assignments are never going to be any easier as they are set to face three teams currently among the top four in the standings. They start this Saturday, September 21.

Catch the DLSU Green Archers (1-3) as they try to regain their footing against the ADU Soaring Falcons (3-2) at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

Green Archers find themselves on wrong end of game-winner in failed resurgence against UE

(Photo by Trinity Matias) SM MALL OF ASIA ARENA – Down by one with less than 15 seconds remaining, it seemed as if the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers were back to the same ending they composed in their previous game against the NU Bulldogs last Wednesday.

Fourth year spitfire Aljun Melecio, after missing all but one of his first eight attempts from beyond the arc, hit an all-important triple to bring La Salle up by two, 88-86. The Green Archers lagged almost all game long, trailing UE by as many as 13 points.

Instead, the story all changed when Rey Suerte buried an ice cold three to put them up, 89-88, with less than six ticks to go. And just like how DLSU managed to salvage the game after blowing a huge lead, the Red Warriors were able to secure the victory, sending the Green Archers to their second loss in three outings.

Both squads came up firing on all cylinders in a high-octane affair in the opening period of the game. James Laput, who filled in for an injured Jamie Malonzo, did not disappoint after tallying several markers off offensive putbacks. La Salle trailed UE at the end of the opening period, 24-28.

It was yet another disastrous second quarter showing for La Salle. The Red Warriors pounded on the Green Archers as a 5-0 spurt by Neil Tolentino pushed their lead to its biggest, 48-35. At the end of the first half, La Salle’s deficit was at 37-48.

After struggling in the second quarter, a hungrier Taft-based squad was seen as Kurt Lojera drained a trey to start the third period. The Green Archers followed it with seven more unanswered points to come to within a single possession, 53-55. But, UE found an answer as they held on to a 70-63 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Green-and-White mounted a huge comeback in the final period. Coming off the bench, Encho Serrano made loud noise after knocking a three from the logo. Melecio carried his squad with his personal run that brought them to within one with 1:40 remaining. The Green Archers finally grabbed the driver’s seat, 83-81, when Serrano made a layup with just a little over a minute to go.

Baltazar’s double-double performance of 21 points and 17 rebounds went for naught as Melecio also finished with a team-best 21 markers. Caracut came up with 16 points and six assists.


DLSU (88) – Baltazar 21, Melecio 21, Caracut 16, Serrano 14, Laput 9, Lojera 3, Bartlett 2, Manuel 2

UE (89) – Suerte 31, Tolentino 19, Cruz 13, Pagsanjan 8, Apacible 6, Conner 4, Mendoza 4, Natividad 4

The DLSU Green Archers (1-2) will return to the same venue on Wednesday, September 18, to face the FEU Tamaraws at 4 PM.

Lady Archers return to win column with blowout victory over Lady Red Warriors

(Photo by Trinity Matias) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers ended their losing skid after a strong showing against the University of the East (UE) Lady Red Warriors, 91-58, earlier today, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Coming off a crushing defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs the previous game, the Lady Archers swung for the fences in this match. Right from the starting tip, the Green-and-White blasted UE. A basket coming from Benette Revillosa opened up the scoresheet for DLSU. The points continued to pile up for the green shirts as they buried the Lady Warriors in a 15-point deficit. The barrage was capped by a three from Vea Malarde to make it 15-0 in the first three minutes of the game. UE tried to regain their footing but were unable to stop the hot start of DLSU. Despite the buzzer-beater make, they found themselves in a 10-point hole, 16-26.

The Lady Archers continued to showcase their offensive chops in the second frame while the Lady Warriors continued to struggle. The lead ballooned to 16, 45-29, coming into the break. From then on, the outcome of this match was never really in doubt. With them in the driver’s seat, the Lady Archers stepped on the pedal and never looked back, making quick work of UE to end the match on a blowout, 91-58.

Spearheading the scoring department for DLSU for the third time in four outings was rookie Kent Pastrana, who finished with 20 points on 3/6 shooting from downtown. The super rookie received help from her teammates as well, with Malarde, Quingco, and Revillosa adding 15, 14, and 12, respectively.

DLSU (91) – Pastrana 20, Malarde 15, Quingco 14, Revillosa 7, Sario 7, Okoli 6, Torres 6, Dalisay 4, Paraiso 4, Castillo 3

UE (58) – Cortizano 15, Pedregosa 13, Ganade 10, Ordas 7, Terrinal 5, Caraig 4, Cuadero 4

Quarterscores: 26-16, 45-29, 67-47, 91-58

Support the DLSU Lady Archers (2-2) as they try to go for their first consecutive wins in their match against the FEU Lady Tamaraws at the UST Quadricentennial Pavillion on Wednesday, September 18, at 10 AM.

Lady Archers digest back-to-back losses with 54-point whipping from Lady Bulldogs

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers absorbed their second straight loss of the UAAP Season 82 after bowing down to the defending champions National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 58-112, yesterday, September 11, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Veteran Chuchi Paraiso paced the team with 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the losing effort. Rookie Kent Pastrana continued her splendid performance with an all-around game of 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Right from the get go, the Lady Bulldogs showed why they are the defending champions of the tournament. Pringle Fabruada nailed a basket that ignited a 5-0 start for the Lady Bulldogs. A basket by Angel Quingco from Paraiso put the Lady Archers on the scoreboard. But, with 5:42 remaining in the first quarter, head coach Cholo Villanueva was forced to call a timeout as their deficit increased to 10 points, 7-17. The Green-and-White continued to struggle getting buckets as the Blue-and-Gold, on the other hand, widened the gap to 16, 9-25. At the end of the opening period, the Lady Archers trailed the Lady Bulldogs, 9-29.

La Salle found no opportunity in the second quarter either as the Lady Bulldogs fought back with rebounds and a barrage of three-pointers, allowing the Lady Archers only one point until the 5:08 mark. The Taft-based squad slowly found rhythm in the remainder of the half, as veterans Charmaine Torres and Bettina Binaohan paced the team. Pastrana knocked down a badly-needed triple 1:01 remaining in the half, but her team was already looking up to a 35-point mountain, 27-62, to climb.

It was a slow start for both teams in the third quarter as La Salle locked down NU for almost five minutes. The Lady Archers capitalized with consecutive baskets as they aimed to trim NU’s lead. At the end of the quarter, the Jhocson-based squad was limited to only eight points. However, their cushion was just still too big for the Taft-based squad, who remained behind, 43-70.

The Lady Archers managed to bring themselves back to as much as within 24, 46-70. But a 12-2 run by the Lady Bulldogs restored a 34 lead. The defending champions pushed the tempo even further as they hit the century mark with three minutes remaining in the game. La Salle could only stare at a 50-point deficit as they absorbed their second loss.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-2) will try to arrest their two-game skid as they go against the UE Lady Red Warriors on Saturday, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


DLSU (58) – Paraiso 14, Pastrana 12, Revillosa 8, Binaohan 7, Quingco 6, Torres 3, Sario 3, Castillo 3, Okoli 2

NU (112) – Itesi 20, Clarin 19, Animam 18, Pingol 14, Hayes 11, Cac 9, Supada 4, Canuto 4, Cacho 4, Bartolo 3, Harada 2, Fabruada 2, Del Carmen 2

Quarterscores: 9-29, 27-62, 43-70, 58-112

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.


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

Lady Archers succumb to Ateneo as Okoli double-double goes for naught

(Co-written by Genrev Villamin) (Photo by Flavius Dulce) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers suffered their first loss of the UAAP Season 82 in a tight ending against the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 90-92, yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Maureen Okoli posted a huge double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Kent Pastrana continued her remarkable performance with 21 points, four rebounds, and five steals. Lee Sario added 15 points for the Lady Archers in the losing cause.

Ateneo stepped on the pedal at the onset of the game. They took an early 3-2 lead with a triple from Alyssa Villamor, before blowing it to 20-12 at the 5:49 mark of the opening period courtesy of a Kat Guytingco basket. From thereon, La Salle unleashed an 18-6 run including an initial 8-0 run to tie it at 20-all. The first quarter finished with the Lady Archers on top, 30-26.

The Green-and-White extended their biggest lead to seven, 36-29, after Rossini Espinas buried a triple off a dish by Angel Quingco with 7:41 to go at the first half. A basket by Bernice Paraiso pushed the game to its first double-digit spread, 42-31. Ateneo finished the half with four unanswered points as the Lady Archers settled for a seven-point advantage, 52-45.

The Blue-and-White strung five more points to start the third quarter to bring themselves to within two, 50-52, with 7:15 remaining. A bucket by Okoli made it another two-possession cushion for her team, but the Taft-based squad surrendered their lead after Villamor connected back-to-back treys to give the Katipunan-based squad a 58-54 lead. The Lady Archers were held scoreless from the 7:02 mark of the third quarter up to the 3:27 mark. A long-distance shot by Mel Newsome gave the Lady Eagles their first double-digit lead at 71-60. They pushed it to 14 as La Salle ended the third trailing, 63-77.

At the final period, it was a catchup game to be played by the Lady Archers. They chopped their deficit to only single digits, 75-84, at the 5:25 mark via a Pastrana two-pointer. With less than four minutes remaining in the game, the Lady Eagles seemed to have kept their opponents at bay, relaxing on an 89-80 lead. However, the Green-and-White would not back down as an Espinas basket started a comeback for her team. La Salle’s defense forced six turnovers and two missed baskets from Ateneo in the last three minutes. Team captain Bennette Revillosa logged her only two points with 36 ticks to go to pull her team to the closest it had ever been, 90-92. A shot clock violation called against Ateneo gave La Salle the final possession, but Pastrana back-rimmed the game-tying shot.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-1) will face the still undefeated and defending champions NU Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, September 11, 8 AM at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.


DLSU (90) – Pastrana 21, Okoli 19, Sario 15, Espinas 7, Binaohan 6, Quingco 6, Del Campo 5, Torres 5, Paraiso 4, Revillosa 2

ADMU (92) – Villamor 20, Guytingco 15, Newsome 14, Yam 14, Chu 11, Joson 10, Nimes 8

Quarterscores: 30-26, 52-45, 63-77, 90-92

Comeback falls short as Green Archers lose season debut against Ateneo

(Photo by Flavius Dulce) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers opened their campaign on a misstep after bowing to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 69-81, earlier today, September 8, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Archers’ first game had all the indications of a close and exciting matchup against their archrivals the Blue Eagles. Right from the get go, the Taft-based squad put their foot on the pedal and had the Eagles on their heels on the defensive end throughout the first period.

Contrasting styles on the offensive end was apparent, La Salle dictated the pace and took every opportunity to get out on transition on the offensive end. Meanwhile, Ateneo continued their slow and steady approach relying on crisp execution to run their offense. Both teams traded baskets in the early goings of the quarter. As Ateneo looked to pull away, ahead by six, 7-13, Jamie Malonzo announced his presence in the UAAP and unleashed a vicious and 1 dunk, 10-13, to snap the Eagles’ momentum. The play seemed to reinvigorate the Archers as they stuck close to end the first frame down by just two, 21-23.

The second frame seemed like it would continue the breakneck pace of the opening quarter as a quick drive by Andrei Caracut tied the game 23 apiece. The Eagles however had other plans as they quickly adjusted their defensive gameplan to disrupt the Archers’ free flowing offense. The defensive pressure combined with questionable fouls by La Salle prevented fastbreaks and slowed the pace of the game in favor of Ateneo. With the game running at a different pace, La Salle struggled to get their offense going throughout the quarter managing to score just eight points. The defending champions capitalized and went on a crippling 19-1 run to close the quarter and bury the Archers in a 20 point deficit.

Off the halftime break, the Eagles continued to stifle the Archer’s offense maintaining their lead early in the quarter. Ateneo looked on their way to a blowout when the Archers showed signs of life. A four point play by Caracut sparked a 13-6 run to cut the Eagles’ lead to 15, 57-42. La Salle continued to rally towards the end of the third frame as Malonzo fired a triple to cut the lead to 13, 63-50 in the final minutes of the quarter. But Ateneo responded with a triple of their own to close the period, 66-50.

Strangely enough, the fourth and final frame proved to be the decider. Despite falling in a huge deficit early, La Salle unleashed a furious barrage near the final minutes of the match. Back-to-back layups by Encho Serrano and Aljun Melecio cut the deficit to single digits, 71-62, prompting a quick timeout from Ateneo to try to stop the Archer uprising. The ceasefire seemed to do the trick as Ateneo maintained their lead as the minutes trickled down to end the match, 81-69.

Gian Mamuyac played the role of the hero for the defending champions answering big baskets by Baltazar and Caracut, snuffing out any hopes for a La Salle comeback. The up and coming Eagle won Player of the Game honors, finishing with 14 points, six coming from the last three minutes of the game, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

For the Green Archers, Malonzo had an impressive showing, leading the team in the scoring department with 18. Caracut and Baltazar also helped power La Salle’s offense, both scoring in double digits, 14 and 10.


DLSU (69) – Malonzo 18, Caracut 14, Baltazar 10, Serrano 8, Melecio 7, Lojera 6, Manuel 6

ADMU (81) – Nieto Mi 18, Nieto Ma 15, Mamuyac 14, Navarro 8, Andrade 6, Kouame 6, Ravena 6, Tio 4, Belangel 2, Go 2

Quarterscores: 21-23, 29-51, 50-66, 69-81

Catch the Green Archers as they try to grab their first win of the season against the NU Bulldogs on September 11 (Wednesday) at the same venue.

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.


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.


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


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.”


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.

Lady Archers deal Fighting Lady Maroons blowout loss to secure season opener

(Photo by Jempoy Pimentel) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers began their UAAP Season 82 campaign on a positive note after dealing the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons a 31-point beating, 78-47, on Wednesday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Kent Pastrana, who made her debut for the Green-and-White in the UAAP, introduced herself in the best way possible. The rookie anchored the Lady Archers behind a near triple-double performance of 24 points, 14 rebounds, and six steals.

The Taft-based squad got on the driver’s seat early in the game. They took an 11-7 lead after the first frame. From there on, the Lady Archers pulled away to make it an 18-point lead after three, 52-34. The Diliman-based squad never recovered up to the final buzzer.

Team captain Bennette Revillosa contributed 13 markers, three boards, and four swipes. Third year Bernice Paraiso added eight points, while rookie Maureen Okoli logged seven points to her name.

Meanwhile, Jona Lebico was the only Fighting Lady Maroon who finished in double figures. She led her team with 11 points.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-0) look to build their first winning streak as they face the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Sunday, September 8, 10 AM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.


DLSU 78 – Pastrana 24, Revillosa 13, Paraiso 8, Okoli 7, Torres 7, Sario 6, Quingco 5, Del Campo 3, Malarde 3, Binaohan 2

UP 47 – Lebico 11, Sanchez 9, Gusilatar 6, Ordoveza 6, Pesquera 4, Rivera 4, De Leon 3, Gonzales 2, Taulava 2

Quarterscores: 11-7, 32-17, 52-34, 78-47