Published on November 18th, 2015 | by Denise So0
Green Archers end their season’s campaign in a fourth quarter fall against the Tamaraws
FEU feeling golden, La Salle feeling green.
What is it with the Green Archers, FEU Tamaraws and do-or-die matches? For a second year in a row, La Salle’s UAAP campaign ended in the hands of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws. If the Blue Eagles serve as their archrivals, the Tamaraws stand as their nemesis. In recent UAAP history, the rivalry between the two has intensified as both teams battled against each other in crucial do or die games.
Today, the Archers once again prematurely exit the UAAP after losing to the Tamaraws 71-68.
From tip off, the Archers seemed aggressive to get the ball in the paint as their first two baskets were from point-blank range. However, turnovers and misses from the Taft-based squad led to consecutive points for the Tamaraws. Rookie, Andrei Caracut then launched a shot from beyond the arc followed by baskets from Rivero to cut FEU’s lead to one. Both teams continued to exchange baskets but the Tamaraws proved more effective as they were leading by three at the end of the first.
The second quarter started with a basket from Rivero followed by a trey from Langston to take the lead. Perkins also put up a basket of his own, but a tip in by Arong and a jump shot from Escoto kept the Tamaraws afloat. However, the Archers’ ball movement seemed to be working well as Muyang shot a basket off an assist to give the Archers some breathing room. The Archers maintained their energy as they continued their offensive attacks while providing good defense to contain the Tamaraws 38-29, in their favor.
Turnovers plagued the first few minutes of the second half for the Archers. Fortunately, the Green and White were able to keep their lead as Teng converted a jump shot. FEU’s Inigo answered but Torralba’s drive followed by a trey from the aforementioned gave the Archers more breathing room. However, the momentum swung over to the other side as FEU went on a run. Rivero then shot a buzzer beater to keep La Salle up by nine, 54-45.
The fourth quarter was a fitting end to the kind of basketball the Archers played this season. Just when we all thought the game was ours, FEU ‘s Pogoy led his team to pull the rug from under the Archers to take the lead. And just like that, it’s over.
Jeron Teng led the Archers with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists while Prince Rivero added 16 points of his own. On the other hand, Monbert Arong led the Tamaraws with 13 points.
The 78th season of the UAAP has been an unpredictable journey for the Archers and their die-hard fans to say the least. From losing to UP and Adamson, almost winning over UST, blowing out double-digit leads to a come from behind win against Ateneo. What a whirlwind it has truly been.
Naysayers had and will have a lot to say. They always do. Opinions about the team, the coaching staff and etc. would be thrown around in the next few days, weeks, maybe even until the Archers make it back to the finals. Not much is certain for what’s to come.
But one thing is for sure: The Archers will come back next season, stronger than ever. Like they say, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but it is in rising up every time we fail.”