Green Archers escape Bulldogs for second straight win
Published on September 16th, 2017 | by Khyte Mendoza
Photo by: Jason Andico
The De La Salle University Green Archers survive a scare from the National University Bulldogs in a high-scoring affair, 115-109, to get their second victory in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.
The game was also the first time Coach Aldin Ayo and Coach Jamike Jarin faced on the hardcourt since the Finals match between the Knights and the Red Lions in the NCAA.
The Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game at 110-all with a trey, but Man of Steal Kib Montalbo once again came to saved the day as he stole the ball with under 40 seconds remaining in the game.
Ricci Rivero, then, found an open Prince Rivero underneath to push the lead to five, 112-107, with 25.3 ticks left.
NU did not want to raise the white flag just yet as Issa Gaye finished an alley-oop, cutting off just a second from the game clock.
Aljun Melecio eventually sank two freebies, while Matt Salem’s triple rattled out in the next possession. Santi Santillan put the icing on the cake with a pair of freethrows.
The Taft-based squad actually trailed the ballers from Jhocson by 11 in the third, with the former rallying back into the game.
La Salle had six players that barged into double-digit scoring. The younger Rivero led the Green Archers with 21 points on 58% shooting and seven rebounds. Melecio and Jollo Go added 20 and 19 markers, respectively, with the latter making five out of eight triples, while rookie Santi Santillan hoarded a double-double 13 points and 16 rebounds.
DLSU also dished out 22 assists, the most number of dimes since the arrival of Head Coach Aldin Ayo.
Jordan Bartlett posted 23 points and four rebounds. Jayjay Alejandro chipped in 18 markers, while Issa Gaye tallied 16 points and seven rebounds for National-U, who dropped to a 1-1 win-loss record.
DLSU will next face the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, but this time, last year’s UAAP MVP Ben Mbala returns for the Green Archers coming from the FIBA Afrobasket.
DLSU 115 – R. Rivero 21, Melecio 20, Go 19, Santillian 13, Tratter 11, P. Rivero 10, Caracut 9, Montalbo 8, Baltazar 4.
NU 109 – Bartlett 23, Alejandro 18, Gaye 16, Salem 12, Aquino 10, Morido 5, Diputado 5, Yu 4, Lastimosa 4, Tibayan 4, Abatayo 4, Mosqueda 2, Rangel 2, Joson 0, Cauilan 0, Flores 0.