Green Archers lose pivotal battle against Red Warriors

Published on September 10th, 2014 | by DLSU Sports

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In an all-important game, the Green Archers lost footing late in the fourth as the UE Red Warriors ran away winners of a pulsating UAAP Season 77 elimination round match Wednesday afternoon at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Instead of booking an outright Final Four spot with a victory today, the Green Archers now need to beat NU to stand a chance of nabbing a prized twice-to-beat advantage. A loss could even put DLSU on the brink of elimination should other results don’t go their way.

Leading 61-51 in the last four minutes of the game, the Green Archers looked to have buried their foes en route to a Final Four seat. Their magnanimous display of clinical basketball pushed them well ahead in the final period.

Suddenly, UE unleashed the Warriors within themselves and started to inch closer. Their last stand was paired by the timeliness of the champions’ collapse resulting from the full court press that stifled the men in green. In effect, the Warriors were propelled by a 12-2 run inside the ensuing three minutes. Game tied 63-all.

Then, a crucial Dan Alberto steal off Almond Vosotros provided UE a three-point cushion after completing the basket-plus-foul play as he was fouled by Jeron Teng in transition.

Seeking to cancel out Alberto, Teng drove to the basket hoping to convert in more ways than one. Unfortunately, the ball slipped off the Season 76 MVP’s hands; in the process of sending the ball the Warriors’ way. Sumang was fouled and he made one of two. UE led by four.

An Almond Vosotros trey halted the celebrations of the red gallery but only by just a few minutes. Javier was fouled by Torres and split his charities. A two-point deficit and 1.4 seconds left was too little for DLSU to send it to overtime.

Both teams would feel hard done with a loss. UE began the game efficiently, limiting La Salle to 22 points and holding a lead as large as 15 in the first half. 12 of them came from the free throw line and none of the perimeter shots fell.

It was a close affair in the opening 10 minutes, with UE ending the quarter ahead by two. A monster rally spearheaded by Sumang lifted UE to a double-digit lead at halftime. A good defensive performance brought La Salle closer in the fourth. Conceding only seven points, the Green Archers trimmed the deficit to four, 43-39.

A series of one-way basketball in favor of La Salle then placed them ahead in the fourth. With momentum on their side, the Archers milked from the perimeter to establish a 10-point cushion. Unfortunately, there was enough time for the Warriors to have a say in the game.

In the loss, Teng produced 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Vosotros and Sargent also combined for 21 points. La Salle’s big men were neutralized by UE’s interior defense. They were contained to 16 points, 14 of which coming from Norbert Torres and Prince Rivero.

Despite the loss, Sauler encouraged his players to play the way they did in the second half. Only one game remains and it cannot be more important than all the other games.

On Saturday, 6PM, at the Araneta Coliseun, the Green Archers will shoot for a chance to nab a playoff advantage in a duel against NU. The winners will claim the right to face the loser of the FEU-Ateneo match for a twice-to-beat spot.

The scores:

DLSU (66) – Teng 23, Sargent 11, Vosotros 10, N. Torres 7, Rivero 7, Montalbo 6, van Opstal 2, Perkins 0, Andrada 0, Salem 0.

UE (68) – Galanza 21, Sumang 14, Javier 8, Alberto 6, Jumao-as 6, Mammie 4, Arafat 3, Varila 2, De Leon 2, Palma 2, Guiang 0, Olayon 0.

Quarter scores: 13-15, 22-36, 39-43, 66-68.

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