Green Archers fall to Soaring Falcons
Published on October 25th, 2015 | by Khyte Mendoza
De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers saw their 16-point lead vanish in the second half, absorbing a shocking, 75-74, defeat against Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons in a nail-biting clash in the second round of the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, earlier today.
The Falcons spoiled a career-high double-double output, 23 points and 11 rebounds from Prince Rivero while Jeron Teng added 22 markers and five boards for the Green Archers.
However La Salle won the rebounding and assist columns, 52-42 and 14-13, respectively but the Green and White were totally outscored in the final period, 15-27, that led to the stunning upset.
The Green Archers held off Adamson in the first half, leading by three 37-34.
The Taft-based squad unleashed a 10-2 run as Andrei Caracut triggered a triple to push the lead to 16, 57-41, 4:28 remaining in the third quarter.
Joseph Nalos trimmed down the deficit to nine, 59-50, early in the fourth canto.
Abu Tratter split 1/2 from the charity stripe but was enough to keep Adamson at bay, 65-54, with still 6:50 left in the game.
DLSU looked to close it out but AdU had other ideas in mind as they retaliated with a 14-3 rally of their own to tie the game at 68-apiece with 3:45 in game clock.
Big man Pape Sarr scored the deuce as he clinched the lead for coach Fermin’s crew, 73-71, with 15 ticks remaining in the final frame.
Rivero missed the second of two freethrows that could have tied the game at 75, but the Green Archers were able to get the rebound. The ball though slipped from the hands of Caracut that led to a low percentage three-point heave.
Sarr topscored for the Soaring Falcons, tallying a double-double 23 points and 14 rebounds while Nalos swooshed 20 markers and dished off six assists, Jerome Garcia also contributed 13 markers with five boards.
With the loss, the Green Archers dropped to an even 5-5 record as they will look on to duplicate their first round victory against the defending champions National University (NU) Bulldogs on Wednesday, August 24 at the Mall of Asia Arena.