Published on October 8th, 2017 |
by Resch Untalan
Green Archers fall short vs arch-rival Ateneo
The De La Salle University Green Archers came short against arch rivals Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 74-75, Sunday, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Green and White looked as if they were hot off the bat after drawing first blood with a three from Kib Montalbo but the Katipunan-based squad then released a barrage of threes courtesy of Anton Asistio and Jolo Mendoza. The Green Archers ended the first quarter down by double digits, 16-28.
DLSU didn’t have any answer for Ateneo at the start of the second, with the Eagles expanding their lead to 14. Ben Mbala came back from the bench in the three minute mark of the quarter and sparked a run for the Taft-based squad which cut the Blue and White’s lead to a single digit. Halftime, the Green Archers still down, 36-43.
The third quarter looked like it was going to be dominated by the Blue Eagles but Mayhem kicked in for the Archers triggered by a highlight Mbala dunk. DLSU went on a 14-4 run near the end of the quarter topped by a steal and three pointer from Jollo Go to nick Ateneo’s lead to one, 62-63.
The Blue Eagles remained on top until the 5:38 mark of the final quarter after Brent Paraiso split his free throws to tie the game. DLSU was only able to get the lead after a hard drive by Abu Tratter with 3:14 remaining. The Green and White were up by one with nine ticks to go before the final buzzer when Montalbo turned the ball over and committed a foul on Matt Nieto who would make both of his free throws to take the lead and the win for Ateneo.
Ricci Rivero top scored for the Green Archers with 19 points together with four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block. Ben Mbala missed his average but still listed a double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, a steal, and a block.
Matt Nieto spearheaded the Blue Eagles to the win, tallying 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.
DLSU: Ri. Rivero 19, Mbala 18, Go 11, Ra. Rivero 8, Caracut 5, Paraiso 5, Tratter 4, Montalbo 3, Santillan 2, Gonzales 0.
ADMU: Ma. Nieto 16, Asistio 14, Mendoza 10, Ravena 9, Verana 6, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Mi. Nieto 4, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Ikeh 2.