Published on November 8th, 2015 | by Khyte Mendoza0
Green Archers bow to Blue Eagles as losing skid continues
De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers could not get the job done in the second half, suffering their fourth setback in five games against perrenial rivals Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Blue Eagles, 62-73, in a heart-pumping collision in the second round of the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Basketball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, earlier today.
Prince Rivero topscored for the Green Archers with 16 points and nine rebounds while Jeron Teng added 11 markers, four rebounds and four dimes.
Josh Torralba attacked the basket and finished with a lefty lay-up to give La Salle an eight-point lead, 32-24, with 4:12 remaining in the second period.
Kiefer Ravena sparked a run for Ateneo to trim the deficit to five at halftime, 35-30.
The Katipunan-based squad picked up from where they left off as Alfonzo Gotladera scored inside plus a foul, then eventually completed the three-point play, giving AdMU the lead, 40-37, with still 6:07 left in the third frame.
Turnovers continued to pile up for DLSU in the third period that led to points off turnovers for the Blue Eagles as Aaron Black capped a 17-4 run from Ateneo with a jumper to push the lead to 10, 41-31.
Rivero fought back for the Green and White for two consecutive undergoal stabs to keep themselves within shouting distance, 55-50, early in the fourth quarter.
However, the Taft-based squad took huge blows as Teng fouled out while Torralba suffered cramps, and was not able to come back into the dying minutes of the final canto.
Rivero retaliated with a quick reverse to cut the edge to four, 66-62, with 25.1 ticks left in the game.
Thomas Torres committed an unsportsmanlike foul while running through screens with Von Pessumal, who then converted both of his free throws, while Ravena sealed the victory for Ateneo as he knocked down four points from the charity stripe to give the blue jerseys a ,72-62, lead with 14.9 seconds remaining.
De La Salle actually started off strong in the game, leading by as much as 11 after the first period. But second chance points and turnovers in the third frame became a major factor in the loss. The Green Archers were not able to get points from offensive rebounds against the Blue Eagles’ 10.
Ateneo also led in fastbreak points with 14, while La Salle only had two. The former’s bench was more productive than the latter with 30 and 23, respectively.
Pessumal spearheaded the attack for AdMU, tallying 16 points and six boards, while Ravena contributed 15 markers, five rebounds and three assists. Black and Wong were also in double figures in scoring with 13 and 10 points separately.
DLSU fell a game behind the National-U Bulldogs (6-7), landing on the fifth spot with a 5-7 slate. The Green Archers will try to keep their final four bid alive as they next face the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons on Wednesday, November 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.