DLSU Green Archers suffer first loss against UP Fighting Maroons, 71 – 66
Published on September 9th, 2015 | by David Escueta
Coming off an opening day win, the Fighting Maroons were eager to prove that it was not a one-hit wonder.
After taming the defending champions, NU Bulldogs, DLSU started off slow, committing five turnovers which led to a UP run, before consecutive baskets by Rivero cut the lead to 16-14.
Jollo Go gave the green-and-white squad their first and only taste of the lead with three free throws, 17-16, but the Maroons quickly regained the lead back with a 10-0 zip. Desiderio made a late basket to establish a 41-28 lead for UP coming into the second half.
Thomas Torres opened the second half with a three to cut the lead to 10, but UP started a 13-6 run with baskets coming from Dario and Desiderio to extend the lead to 17, 54-37.
With under 4 minutes left, Caracut almost hit a wide open three-pointer that could have trimmed the lead to a single basket. Nevertheless, DLSU still went on a 12-3 run to cut the lead to 4, 61-65.
Harris of UP then missed two crucial free throws, but Desiderio hustled for the rebound and threw it back to Harris who then made key foul shots to create a two possession lead.
With 40 seconds remaining, Jeron Teng failed to catch the inbound pass which resulted to a turnover. In that sequence also, Teng committed his fifth and final foul.
Caracut scored a quick deuce to make it 69-63. But it was too late as time has run out for the Green Archers, who suffered their first defeat of the season.
The confident Fighting Maroons, led by Manuel, Desiderio, and Dario, who shot the lights out from the field throughout the game, spearheaded the second win for UP. On the contrary, Prince Rivero was the lone bright spot for DLSU, his quiet output of 15 points and 10 rebounds however, was not enough.
This is the first UP win over DLSU since 2009, which was led by Mikee Reyes who scored 25 points. DLSU falls to 1-1 while UP remains undefeated and leads the standings at 2-0.
The Green Archers will look to bounce back on Sunday as they face a tough FEU Tamaraws squad, 4pm at the MOA Arena.