Lady Archers escape Adamson via overtime win

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Despite scoring only two points in the second quarter, the Lady Archers squeak out with a narrow 45-42 win over the Adamson Soaring Lady Falcons last July 11 at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila University.

Cass Santos led La Salle with eight points and 12 rebounds while Ara Abaca had seven points, 17 rebounds and four assists.

On the other hand, Analie Tiongco led Adamson with 13 points and three assists while Janille De Castro had nine points and 19 boards.

“We settled too much for the lower percentage shots but at the end of the day, what held the game for us was our defense and that’s always been our staple.  For us to be able to go to the next level, I think we have to work on our offense more,” said head coach Tyrone Bautista after the game.

Entering into the extra period, the Lady Archers continued to struggle to put points up in the board.

Sensing the urgency to win the game, Trisha Piatos banked in a crucial outside shot leading to a 40-37 lead but Taller would answer back with a jumper of her own to trim the La Salle lead to 40-39.

With the Falcons making one last push, Camille Ramos came up big in crunch time after cashing in a jumper at the 2:34 mark and another killer layup with 14.6 seconds left in overtime. Abaca would put the icing on the cake after splitting her charities for a 45-43 lead. _JGF1797

After the game, Coach Bautista praised his team for their fight and never giving up despite their poor performance, saying, “That’s always been the character of this team, they just won’t give up.”

Entering into the fourth quarter facing a 20-23 deficit, the Lady Archers made the necessary baskets just in time to catch up in the game. Piatos’ triple along with some timely makes from Miller and Alyana Ong gave La Salle a slim 27-26 lead.

Adamson would then counter with an 8-2 run to bury La Salle with a 29-34 deficit at the 4:13 mark. With the game still within everyone’s reach, La Salle came back with 8 unanswered points which led to an all-37 knot to end the 4th quarter.

“Even though we were struggling so bad, they kept on playing. Luckily, we were able to have enough time to win the game,” added Bautista.

The Lady Archers will face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons this coming July 14, 12 noon, at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

The scores:

DLSU (45) – Santos 8, Abaca 7, Ramos 6, Piatos 6, Claro 4, Vergara 3, Scott 3, M. Ong 2, A. Ong 2, Melendrez 2, Garcia 2, Revillosa 0, Corcuera 0.

AdU (43) – Tiongco 13, De Castro 9, Cochico 7, Garrido 6, Mateo 3, Balasta 3, Avila 2, Taller 0, Quingco 0, Ong 0, Lozano 0, Amper 0.

Quarter scores: 10-4, 12-12, 20-23, 37-37, 45-43.

Rookie Diaries: Matt Salem

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“It’s a privilege. It feels really good. This is the biggest school as I heard besides Ateneo (de Manila University) and I’d rather come here,” says Matt Salem about being part of the La Salle Community.

 

After receiving the green light for his eligibility, the Filipino-American rookie is all set and ready for this UAAP Season.

 

 

A young takeoff

 

Salem got involved in playing basketball when was 16 years old and was just starting his high school life. The sweet shooting forward was easily able to adapt to the sport with his consistent practice in the court.

 

Just like any aspiring basketball players, Salem also looks up to the pros. For him, it is LeBron James of the Miami Heat that he idolizes the most.

 

“I like Lebron because he plays well and he is also a capable role player,” Salem explained.

 

After his short stint during the recently concluded pre-season tournament, Salem will see an increased role this season due to the void left by the injured Yutien Andrada.

 

When asked how he plans to fill the role he humbly responded, “Yutien’s spot is a big role. It’s not just me; it’s the whole team because he’s special and he’s part of it. It’s hard to just take his place. So it will be all of us not just me.”

 

Embracing the team

 

Being a rookie, he thinks that the team’s struggle is their mindset and he hopes to turn the tables around in that department.

 

“In order to bring that positive aspect to the team, we definitely need a positive attitude if we want to win games,” Salem added.

 

As the season unfolds, expect the young forward to bring out his best on both ends of the court.

 

“I’ll just play my role in helping this team and we’ll win some (games) hopefully,” Salem concluded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Archers shoot down Lady Eagles to jumpstart season

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It was a nice start to another grueling season of hoops action.

Spacing the floor with their stingy defense all-game long, the Lady Archers blasted the Ateneo Lady Eagles with a dominating 54-38 win last July 4 to open their UAAP Season at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila University.

FilOil Preseason Cup Finals MVP Ara Abaca led the way for La Salle with an all-around performance of 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals while Inna Corcuera complemented it with a double-double outing of 11 markers and 11 boards._JGF1423

“We created a lot of turnovers for the other team (because) naconvert naman namin ‘yun and doon, nagpickup na yung game but we still have a lot of room for improvement,” praised head coach Tyrone Bautista after the game.

On the other hand, Cara Buendia led Ateneo with 11 points and 4 rebounds while Kat Nuñez followed up with 9 points and 4 assists.

Entering the fourth quarter facing a 33-36 deficit, the Lady Archers were able to turn the tables around in their favor by holding down the opposition to only 2 points made. Alyanna Vergara’s three-point play sparked a huge 19-2 run which was too much for Ateneo to handle.

With the victory at hand thanks to numerous fastbreak points, Miller Ong’s three-pointer from the top of the key placed the exclamation point with 1:22 left in regulation for a 54-38 finish.

“We thrive on our running game (and) easy baskets,” coach Bautista added.

Up next for La Salle will be the UST Tigresses this coming Sunday, 10:30 am, at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

“It’s going to be tough because UST is an intact team also and we expect a grind-it-out game against them. As long as we stay disciplined sa defense namin and as we follow the gameplan, I think we’re going to be fine,” coach Bautista ended.

The scores:

DLSU (54) – Abaca 12, Piatos 11, Corcuera 11, Santos 9, M. Ong 5, Vergara 4, Melendres 2, Scott 0, Revillosa 0, Ramos 0, A. Ong 0, Gonzales 0, Garcia 0, Claro 0.

ADMU (38) – Buendia 11, Nuñez 9, Uy De Ong 8, Jose 5, Posadas 2, Javier 2, Aseron 1, Veloso 0, Tantoco 0, Limcaoco 0, Bo-ot 0, Belarmino 0.

Quarter scores: 8-12, 25-19, 33-36, 54-38.

 

La Salle falls short in overtime against UST in season opener

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The Green Archers came up short against the UST Growling Tigers, 58-63, in overtime during the opening day of the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Three Archers scored in double digits as debuting forward Jason Perkins and Almond Vosotros tallied 13 points apiece while Season 75 Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng added 10 points.

With a slim lead held by the Growling Tigers late in the game, Perkins tied the game at 51-all with a pull-up jumper from the top of the key to force the game into overtime.

However, getting exhausted after chasing down a huge deficit, La Salle failed to keep pace with UST in the extra period after finding difficulty to convert some easy shots down the stretch.

After the game, Head Coach Juno Sauler said that the team has to play better from the start in their future games for better results. He also recognized the value of taking care of the ball better after being plagued with 24 turnovers in the game.

Scoring did not come easy for both teams in the first period. The Green Archers took a slim 12-10 lead with a basket from Teng to partially separate the two teams. _JGF1074

The tide turned against DLSU’s in the second period as the stingy UST defense forced them to settle for difficult shots. On the other hand, the Tigers capitalized from an array of defensive lapses committed by La Salle to gain a comfortable eight-point lead at halftime.

The UST lead grew larger but valiant efforts from Gabby Reyes, Almond Vosotros and Thomas Torres on the offensive end pushed the team back into the game.

The Green Archers will be back at the MoA Arena this coming Wednesday as they square off against the UP Fighting Maroons led by a former Green Archers Sam Marata and Mikee Reyes.

The scores:

DLSU (63)-Vosotros 13, Perkins 13, Teng 10, T. Torres 7, N. Torres 6, Reyes 4, Revilla 4, Van Opstal 1, Tampus 0, Bolick 0.

UST (58)-Teng 23, Abdul 17, Bautista 6, Mariano 5, Ferrer 5, Pe 3, Hainga 2, Daquioag 2, Lo 0.

Quarter scores: 12-10; 20-28; 38-44; 51-51; 58-63.