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.

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

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.

Caracut, Baltazar lead revamped Green Archers past UST in Filoil

Photo by: Kiana Carlos

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.


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.

Cardiac ending leaves the Green Archers out of the Final Four

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers bowed out of their UAAP Season 81 Final Four hopes after suffering a horrendous defeat to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 70-71, on Wednesday, November 21, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With 73 seconds remaining in the game, Aljun Melecio found a way to split the Tamaraws’ double team, drove to the basket, and converted the reverse layup. That placed the Taft-based squad up by four, 70-66, in what seemed to be the dagger to the Morayta-based squad.

Still down by two, 68-70, seventy seconds later, Arvin Tolentino hit the biggest shot of the night, a wide open triple from top of the key that put FEU up by one, 71-70, with three seconds left. A triple that huge eventually allowed the Tamaraws to break into the Final Four and knock the Green Archers out. To add to that, it brought back memories from three years ago when former Tamaraw Mac Belo hit the dagger three that also booted La Salle out of the playoffs.

La Salle started the game a bit flat, allowing Kenneth Tuffin to hit back-to-back triples to put his team up by four, 8-4. Wendell Comboy and Tolentino each connected from downtown to extend their lead to seven, 17-10. Then, the Green Archers answered with an 8-2 run capped by a triple from Joaqui Manuel to cut their deficit to a single point, 18-19, with 1:10 remaining in the opening period. Team captain Kib Montalbo buried a long bomb that eventually gave the lead back to La Salle, 21-19. However, Axel Iñigo beat the buzzer with his own three to put FEU up by one, 22-21, after one quarter.

At the 6:48 mark of the second frame, Andrei Caracut drilled a triple from top of the key and completed the four-point play. The Green and White led by four, 29-25. A few moments later, the Green Archers found themselves down by one again, 35-36, following consecutive baskets by Barkley Eboña. Jollo Go swished a deep three-pointer from the right wing to give La Salle the lead, 38-35, heading into the dugout.

Early into the second half, the Green Archers struggled with their defense, once again leading to a slow start. They allowed the Tamaraws five straight charities that placed them back at the driver’s seat, 41-40. Tolentino extended the FEU run with a fast break off an in-bound steal. However, Melecio kept La Salle within striking distance after tying it at 45-all with 3:50 remaining. The Green Archers had their chances to retake the lead, but they failed to grab the offensive rebound off a Richard Escoto missed free throw. As a result, they trailed the Tamaraws, 51-54, at the end of the third canto.

Escoto continued to punish La Salle after converting a three-point play to open the final period. Down by six, 51-57, the Green Archers continued to attack the cup and relied on their free throws to put their team at bay. Santi Santillan and Montalbo nailed consecutive freebies to make it a one-point game, 58-59, still in favor of the opponents. Melecio knotted it at 60-all with another pair of free throws. Then, Santillan drew a foul on Prince Orizu and finally gave La Salle a two-point cushion, 62-60, after draining yet another pair. Moreover, the foul on Orizu was already his fifth, still with 4:30 remaining.

Santillan drove to the basket and connected a layup as the Green Archers maintained their four-point lead, 68-64. However, Jasper Parker sank two free throws in their next possession to bring FEU back to within two, 68-66. The following sequences were huge shots by Melecio and Tuffin, and the biggest shot of the night for the FEU Tamaraws.

Comfortably ahead the FEU Tamaraws and University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons at third place, the DLSU Green Archers ended their Season 81 campaign with three straight losses, including a 81-97 defeat from the Fighting Maroons that set up their showdown with the Tamaraws. Their last two defeats saw the Green Archers slid from third seed to fifth seed, one loss at a time.

La Salle bid goodbye to Kib Montalbo, who finished with seven points, and Santi Santillan, who led the team with 20 markers.

Arvin Tolentino led his team with 15 points, while Barkley Eboña, Kenneth Tuffin, and Richard Escoto also finished in double figures with 12, 11, and 10, respectively.


DLSU 70 – Santillan 20, Melecio 9, Caracut 9, Montalbo 7, Baltazar 6, Manuel 5, Samuel 4, Dyke 3, Go 3, Bates 2, Serrano 2

FEU 71 – Tolentino 15, Eboña 12, Tuffin 11, Escoto 10, Comboy 8, Parker 7, Iñigo 5, Cani 2, Orizu 1, Stockton 0, Gonzales 0, Bienes 0

Samuel debut not enough as La Salle falls prey to Ateneo anew

The De La Salle University Green Archers bowed to the Ateneo De Manila University for the second time around this season, 62-71, in the 81st edition of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Sunday.

The Green Archers were men on a mission as they were more aggressive on both ends of the floor in the first quarter. Angelo Kouame also had foul trouble early on that forced Ateneo bring him to the bench immediately. Rookie big man Taane Samuel made his presence felt early, surprising everybody with his ball-handling abilities and excellent footwork as La Salle kept on pushing up the tempo to take a 22-18 edge after the first.

DLSU picked up from where they left off to begin the second frame. Aljun Melecio capped off a 7-3 run with a triple to help the Taft squad jump to a 29-21 lead with 6:41 remaining in the first half. However, the Blue Eagles clawed their way back even with a much smaller lineup as they tied the game at 35-all at halftime.

It was a chess match in the third canto as both teams continued to trade baskets. La Salle looked unfazed even with Kouame back in the rotation in the second half. Melecio, who struggled from the charity stripe all game long, hit 1 of 3 free throws, good enough for a 50-47 lead at the 3:20 mark. ADMU, though, closed out the third with a 7-0 blast to take over the lead, 54-50.

The Green and White played catch up the entire fourth quarter. Justin Baltazar hit a perimeter jumper to inch DLSU within four, 56-60, breaching through the halfway mark of the payoff period. The Archers just did not have enough left in the tank for one final push as the Eagles pulled away for good with Thirdy Ravena pulling up for a three-pointer to stretch their lead to 13, 71-58, with 2:05 to go and that proved to be the dagger. ADMU, then, held on as they clinched a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the final four.

Melecio led DLSU with 13 points on 4 of 11 shooting, seven rebounds and three assists. The La Salle sniper also only made 3 of 9 from the line. Baltazar added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Santi Santillan chipped in 10 and eight respectively. Samuel had eight points and rebounds on his first game as a Green Archer.

Ravena spearheaded for ADMU with a double-double performance of 14 points and 10 boards. Koume also hugged a double-double with 11 and 10.

La Salle only shot 47.37 percent, their second-lowest output, from the stripe. The league-leading rebounding team was also outrebounded 54-35 by their arch-rivals.

Support the Green Archers as they face the UP Fighting Maroons to try and seal the third spot on Wednesday, 4pm at the MOA Arena.


Santillan propel La Salle in crucial win against NU

The De La Salle University Green Archers grabbed third straight win, 84-77 after sweeping the National University Bulldogs in the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers started the opening quarter strong with a 13-3 run. However, the NU Bulldogs had their own 10–2 counter-run to cut the Archers lead down to 2 with less than a minute to go in the first period, 15-13. Green Archer Mark Dyke gave La Salle a four point lead to end the quarter, 17-13.

The first minutes of the second frame, the Taft-based squad were able to keep their composure. However, National U’s John Lloyd Clemente found his rhythm scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second period alone and lift his teammates that outscored La Salle in the quarter scoring, 21-27. DLSU trailed by 2, 38-40 at the end of first half.

The Green Archers were trading baskets against the Bulldogs throughout the third period. Archers Santi Santillan and Andrei Caracut led the Green and White with combined 18 points of DLSU’s 27 point third quarter score which reclaimed their lead, 65-62.

An intense battle entered the fourth and final period with both squad trying to make their own series of runs. La Salle led by as much as 7 with less than 5 minutes in the game, 75-68, but Dave Ildefenso was on fire thereafter who scored 6 straight points for the bulldogs together with a step back from beyond the arc that cut La Salle’s lead down to one, 75-74. DLSU’s big men Santillan and Baltazar dominated the paint to increase their lead by four, 79-75 and Joaquin Manuel nailed a game winning triple with 1:12 remaining in the game, 82-75.

At the end of regulation, DLSU Green Archers claimed their crucial and third straight win against the NU Bulldogs, 84-77.

Santi Santillan led the Green Archers with 18 points and 5 boards while Archer Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio scored with 13 apiece. Joaquin Manuel contributed with his career high 10 points and shot 50% from the Field.

Meanwhile, NU’s Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd led the Sampaloc-based squad with 20 points and 19 points, respectively.

The DLSU Green Archers climbed to 8-4 record as they will pour their hearts out to bounce back against archrival Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles and will try to clinch their 9th win to enter the Final Four berth on Sunday, November 11 at the Araneta Coliseum.


DLSU 84 – Santillan 18, Caracut 13, Melecio 13, Baltazar 11, Manuel 10, Go 6, Dyke 6, Bates 4, Serrano 3

NU 77 – D. Ildefonso 20, Clemente 19, Yu 7, Gallego 7, S. Ildefonso 5, Rike 4, Gaye 4, Joson 4, Sinclair 3, Diputado 2, Malonzo 2.

Green Archers lambast UST for second straight victory

The long break did not ice the De La Salle University Green Archers as they absolutely crushed University of Santo Tomas, 110-69, in an unfamiliar venue of Ynares Center, Antipolo in the second round meeting of UAAP Season 81 of the two teams on Saturday.

After a favorable first round meeting that saw the Green Archers trample UST, 99-72, it was no different this time around, as the Green and White asserted their sheer dominance on the court.

The first quarter was all indications of a good offensive outing for La Salle. A jumper from Justine Baltazar tailgated a fast 8-0 start for DLSU. The Growling Tigers were able to retaliate with a couple of three-point plays from CJ Cansino and Marvin Lee. DLSU responded with 11 straight points, highlighted by a duo of Aljun Melecio triples to balloon the lead, 19-6. The first frame ended at 29-13, with Melecio and Caracut combining for 15 points.

Coming off the halftime break, La Salle managed to further bury UST with their red-hot shooting. La Salle scored a gigantic 20 straight points, highlighted by an array of buckets from big men Baltazar and Santillan. The Tigers did not score their first point of the second half until the 4 minute mark with Batalier going 1/2 from the line. Jollo Go responded with two straight triples, giving UST absolutely no breathing room. Mark Dyke concluded the quarter with a triple of his own, extending the lead to an astounding 84-40. La Salle scored 34 points in the quarter while only giving up 9.

The huge third quarter barrage set up La Salle for a dismantling of the opponents, with the final scxore being 110-69.

At 110, DLSU recorded the highest scoring output among all teams this season. This comes with a terrific outing from the field at a 38/71 clip. Threes were also falling, with 53% of 28 launched from downtown falling.

Aljun Melecio bannered the scoring downpour for La Salle, connecting on 22 points paired with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Justine Baltazar and Andrei Caracut partnered with 28 points. Jollo Go poured in 14 points, and was in the zone from beyond the arc at 3/4 shooting. Encho Serrano’s continued upward trajectory stayed true as he scored a cool 13 points in 17 minutes of action.

For the Growling Tigers, there were only two lone scorers in double digits. Marvin Lee topscored for UST with 26 points, including 5 triples. Rookie of the Year favorite CJ Cansino added 14 points and 9 rebounds.

The Green Archers will look to further solidify their place in the Final Four as they take on National University on Wednesday, Novemeber 7 at the Araneta Coliseum.