Published on September 27th, 2015 | by Denise So0
Green Archers Conquer Red Warriors 71-64
Today, the De La Salle Green Archers climbed another mountain in their quest to reach the promised land after overrunning the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 71-64. Fresh from last Sunday’s win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons, today’s victory elevated the Green Archers to a tie with their archrivals, the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 3rd place.
With both teams looking aggressive to earn their third win in the season, the Green Archers and the Red Warriors exchanged baskets in the first few minutes of the game. While the Warriors pressured La Salle’s offense with a full court press, the Archers refused to crack under the pressure as Jeron Teng, with his signature drives, led the team to grab a one point lead at the end of the first quarter, 17-16.
The second period mirrored the first, a nip and tuck battle with three deadlocks until an eight to nothing run by the Archers gave them breathing room which they maintained until the last three seconds of the quarter where UE cut down the lead to 32-26 after a mid-range jumper by a Warrior.
The Archers were able to maintain their lead in the third quarter as Torralba, Teng, Perkins and Muyang contributed baskets. UE’s Abanto rallied against the Archers as he banked in a put-back after an offensive rebound but Green Archer, Josh Torralba, countered with a trey that gave the archers an 11-point lead. The Red Warriors were given a taste of their own medicine in the last few minutes of the quarter as the Archers forced them into committing turnovers that left them trailing behind by 10 at the end of the third canto.
Back-to-back three point shots by Andrei Caracut opened the fourth quarter extending their lead to 16. However, UE’s Nick Abanto kept the Warriors afloat as he banked in shots for his alma matter cutting the Archers’ lead to 7 followed by a 3 point shot by Varilla resulting to a 12-1 run by the Warriors. Torres ended the drought with a mid-ranged jumper followed by a spin-move by rookie, Andrei Caracut to give the archers an eight-point lead. A foul by Torralba on UE’s Palma resulted in an and-one situation for the Warriors cutting the Archers lead to five. Unheralded rookie, Larry Muyang, finally sealed the deal for the Archers as he drained La Salle’s final basket.
Muyang’s career high 11 pts and 11 rebounds, Caracut’s career high 16 points and Teng’s game high 16 points finally pushed La Salle over the summit after a long hard climb. UE was led by Nick Abanto who himself established a career high of 14 points.
The UST Growling Tigers now loom as the Everest in the horizon. Set your compass right. Pack your bags light. Lace your shoes tight. The assault on that summit begins next Wednesday afternoon at the MOA Arena.