Archers fall to rampaging Ateneo

Published on July 20th, 2014 | by DLSU Sports

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It is deja vu for DLSU as another bright start ended with a bitter defeat. A second loss in as many games came the DLSU Green Archers’ way after being outclassed by the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 86-97, in the Sunday matinee rivalry match-up of the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Basketball tournament at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

A hattrick of triples coming from Ateneo’s star man Kiefer Ravena lifted Ateneo beyond La Salle’s reach midway in the quarter. Ravena led all scorers with 29 points, bagging five rebounds and two assists to complement his game. His batchmate Von Pessumal also powered the Blue Eagles with 21 points. The experienced duo torched La Salle’s offense from distance by combining for 7/14 from three-point range.

The score did not reflect the complexion of the game as Jason Perkins led La Salle with a double-double performance of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Perkins’ 12 points came in the third quarter when he ushered La Salle to keep the gap to two. Reliable scorers Almond Vosotros and Jeron Teng also produced a total of 33 points. However, it was the Archers’ defensive performance that cost them the game.

La Salle, like in last Saturday’s defeat against FEU, opened the game brilliantly with a 13-4 start. The Ateneans responded with a quick 5-0 rally but the Archers did not panic and even extended the lead to seven in the first 10 minutes of the game. Rookie Arvin Tolentino’s aggressiveness inside earned him trips to the line that kept Ateneo within touching distance.

DLSU seemed to brandish control of the game with a sizeable lead in their hands but Ateneo’s defense became sturdier in the following quarter. The Archers settled for shots from distance with Matt Salem and Thomas Torres getting their chances, but to no avail. Instead, Pessumal’s torrid shooting in the quarter turned the game around for the Eagles. His triple in the 6:45 mark of the second period gave Ateneo a first taste of the lead, 29-28. The Ateneans went to halftime with a slight 39-37 advantage.

The penultimate quarter saw a slew of scoring runs for both teams. Ateneo padded their lead but La Salle produced a counter-run to make things interesting in the fourth. Both teams cancelled each other out with 22 points apiece.

Ravena’s fiery shooting from beyond the arc then parted the two teams with La Salle failing to reduce the lead by less than seven. Former Archer Gotladera anchored the Eagles to the end by scoring key baskets to prevent any chances of a DLSU comeback.

“We knew what we were doing but there were some instances that wherein we seemed like we were lost. We really have to find a way to play consistently for 40 minutes,” said Coach Juno Sauler after another loss.

NOTE: Starting point guard Thomas Torres picked up an injury in the middle of the encounter. He was sent to the hospital as of press time where his injury will be assessed.

 

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