DLSU Green Archers demolish LPU Pirates
Published on May 7th, 2015 | by Deion Bandril
The De La Salle University Green Archers defeated the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates with the final score of 90-69. Andrei Caracut once again shined by leading the offense for La Salle. He finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists. The game was held at the FilOil Arena last May 6, 2015.
The first half started by an exchange shots from both teams. It was a “give & take” situation in the first quarter, which had five lead changes early on. However, on the DLSU side, three-pointers proved to be a weapon throughout the game. The lead for DLSU suddenly blew up with three-pointers coming from Jollo Go, Joshua Torralba, Jason Perkins, and Andrei Caracut. The first half ended with the score of 48-32 favoring the Taft-based squad.
Before the third quarter started, both teams posted quite similar stats. LPU and DLSU turned the ball over at the same rate as well as rebounding. The margins weren’t that big, the only factor against LPU was shot percentage as they made only 33% on the field compared to DLSU’s 53%.
By the start of the second half, the Green Archers tried to defend their lead. They fended off the Pirates by taking open jumpers to help maintain the lead. La Salle was able to maintain their point production by making at least 24 points for the last three quarters. Andrei Caracut was able to act as the spark plug for the team as he came off the bench. He was able to nail needed three-pointers to exhibit his unlimited range. He once again led the game in scoring by ending his campaign with 15 points and made three three-pointers.
Fourth quarter was another rough quarter for the LPU Pirates, they’ve been in foul trouble early in the game and they’ve been bringing the Green Archers to the line. DLSU made 18 points from the charity stripe and most came during the 4th quarter. Clearly, the LPU Pirates were blown out but they still fought until the end of the game.
The game ended with the final score 90-69. Coach Juno Sauler commended on how his rookies were playing. Rotations and minutes for his team was not a problem for him. He acknowledged how Thomas Torres was sacrificing his minutes for the team’s new guards.
Coach Juno loved how his team took open shots; he commented, “If it’s open its fine even if it’s 50 three-pointers rather than shoot 5 contested ones”. The team did run an up-tempo offense that contributed to the team’s high volume of shot attempts, which, is 71 all in all. Coach Juno Sauler would like to focus more on boxing out on the upcoming games; he thinks his team can do better since they let LPU take 18 offensive rebounds during the game.
The DLSU Green Archers will continue their preseason campaigh against the UP Fighting Maroons this May 8 at the same venue.