Published on September 15th, 2013 | by DLSU Sports0
Green Archers bury rivals Ateneo with late run, clinch solo third
In a game that was dominated by the opponents for the first three quarters, the De La Salle Green Archers outscored the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 20-15, in the pay-off period to finish the game with another victory, 66-64, last September 1 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. The result makes it four for four for the Green Archers in the second round, who are now in third place overall in the standings with a 7-4 win-loss record in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Pounding in most of La Salle’s points are rookie big man Jason Perkins, and backcourt snipers Almond Vosotros and LA Revilla who combined for 43 of the team’s 66 points. The tremendous trio also led the team in rebounds as Perkins corralled 15, while Revilla grabbed seven and Vosotros adding six more.
Yet it was, for the second straight season, Jeron Teng took the end-game heroics when he delivered the game-winning bucket for the green and white. With 14.5 seconds left, the sophomore forward received the ball off the inbound pass. He then took his time on penetrating the defense of Atenean Chris Newsome before twirling past the defender and launching a mid-range jumper that erupted the celebration and cheers of the green-clad audience. Teng’s shot was reminiscent of last season’s clutch basket against UST in the second round. Ateneo still had 1.9 seconds to work with but with no timeouts left; the Blue Eagles could only hope that Kiefer Ravena’s last second desperation full-court heave would miraculously go in.
Before the final period, the Green Archers were limited to a measly 46 points by their rivals who failed to make a huge lead in all of the quarter breaks despite holding an advantage that grew as big as seven in a couple of instances in the first half.
Former Green Archer Nico Elorde made things difficult for his former team in the first half. Elorde unleashed 10 of his 13 points in the first half—including two booming triples that pulled Ateneo away for a while. Juami Tiongson and Ravena also chipped in a total of 26 points to assert the Atenean dominance on the backcourt.
On the 1:59 mark of the second quarter, Ravena’s split from the line gave Ateneo a comfortable 33-24 lead. With the halftime break looming, La Salle pulled a 7-0 run that was capped off by Vosotros’ buzzer beating triple to trim the deficit to two, 31-33.
Come third quarter, the Green Archers were put on the back foot once again when Ateneo mustered an 11-7 run that extended the Blue Eagles’ lead to six. Like in the second quarter, La Salle was able to reduce the gap in the end of the third. This time, it was forward Matt Salem who hit a mid-range jumper to bring the Green Archers within three before the start of the payoff period.
The Green Archers then staged a 9-0 rally led by Vosotros in response to the momentum-boosting acrobatic triple by Ravena midway into the fourth period to turn the tables around and give La Salle a 57-53 edge. Ateneo mentor Bo Perasol called for a breather which produced a 6-4 counter-run that narrowed the lead with 2:24 to go. Dry spells for both sides followed within the next 84 seconds, and was broken by a technical foul slapped on Perasol for storming the court in resentment of a non-call. It was known that the former Powerade Tigers’ head coach was unhappy with a Ravena reach-in foul on Perkins that the referee awarded prior to the technical foul awarded to him.
Vosotros made him pay as he coolly sank both technical foul free throws to pad La Salle’s lead to four, 63-59. Unfortunately, the Green Archers turned the ball over and which paved way for Blue Eagle veteran Ryan Buenafe to sink a booming triple to cut the Archers’ lead to one, 63-62. Teng took over and was fouled on the way to the basket by Buenafe. The ex-Xavier Stallion made a familiar split that opened the door for Ateneo to tie or take the lead. On the succeeding possession, Ravena drove past the La Salle defense and was able to level the score with a tough jumper to set up a historic moment for his off-court buddy Teng.
“I think everyone saw it. (We) just had to get the ball to Jeron. I told him to make a good decision. If he gets doubled, he knows where the other guys would be. He made a good read there. He wasn’t doubled teamed, so he just made the basket,” discussed DLSU coach Juno Sauler on the orchestrated last play.
He also emphasized the need to maintain focus “Every game is important. Four straight wins doesn’t matter, what’s important is the game at hand for us to get the momentum.”
The next game of the Green Archers will be against the skidding UE Red Warriors. La Salle is seeking redemption after being eked out by UE, 85-83, in the first round meeting of the two teams last July 13, 2013. A team without two of its impact players Charles Mammie and Ralf Olivares due to suspension, UE still poses a threat to La Salle who would be eyeing for a fifth straight win and get a step closer to reaching another year in the Final Four. Also, point guard Thomas Torres returns to the rotation pool after sitting out this game against Ateneo following a suspension meted out on him in the team’s previous game against UP.
DLSU (66) – Vosotros 19, Perkins 13, Revilla 11, Teng 8, N. Torres 6, van Opstal 4, Montalbo 3, Salem 2, Tampus 0, Reyes 0, De La Paz 0, Bolick 0.
ADMU (64) – Tiongson 14, Elorde 13, Ravena 12, Buenafe 9, Newsome 8, Pessumal 4, Golla 2, Erram 2, Tolentino 0, Enriquez 0, Capacio 0.
Quarter scores: 13-16, 31-33, 46-49, 66-64.