Green Archers outmuscle Red Warriors to win second straight
Published on July 27th, 2014 | by JC Gonzales
A game that featured a grand total of 36 turnovers that resulted into a 2-point win? We’ll take it.
The Green Archers hang on to a heart-stopping 60-58 squeaker over this year’s hosts, the UE Red Warriors, to cap their first win streak in their Season 77 campaign earlier at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Every win is important,” shared head coach Juno Sauler after the game.
Jeron Teng led the way for the Archers with 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists while Norbert Torres had a monster double-dobule with 14 points and 14 rebounds. In additon, rookie Prince Rivero nailed 8 crucial points and 5 rebounds.
Roi Sumang had 16 for the Red Warriors. Varilla and Mammie chipped in eight apiece.
With a little over two minutes in crunch time, Rivero gave La Salle’s first lead of the game followed by a powerful move by Teng to extend La Salle’s lead to four. Sumang answered with his own quick bucket, Teng found a slashing Rivero for another inside hoop that served as the dagger for La Salle.
Following a jumpball possession that went in favor of UE, who were then trailing by two, Sumang’s driving attempt was guarded tightly by Kib Montalbo which sealed the deal for La Salle’s second victory of the season.
“They defended well in the fourth we gave up 12 points that was big being able to give up 12 fourth to UE. That made the difference.” Stressed by coach Juno Sauler who anchored the team to their .500 record. “We were lucky to pull this through despite the 36 turnovers” he added.
It wasn’t one of those prettier games for the Green Archers as they displayed a horrendous amount of turnovers over the pesky defense of the Red Warriors but the steam was still able to mount a comeback.
UE’s outstanding full-court pressure defense anchored by the patented Pumaren system enabled the Red Warriors to cruise for easy transition buckets and distorted the defending champions’ offense.
“We knew they were going to [apply the] press [to us the whole game],” added Sauler.
The first half showed no rhythm whatsoever for the defending champions as they committed 22 turnovers. The team also shot poorly from the line, and missed on their first five long-ranged heaves. But to the surprise of many, La Salle was only trailing by two points.
With Jason Perkins and Arnold Van Opstal flirting with foul trouble the entire game, Coach Juno tapped Rivero to give in valuable minutes off the bench.
The Green Archers were trailing for majority of the ball game not until the and-one play of Rivero from a dish by Norbert Torres to trim UE’s lead to 7 that triggered the rally.
Despite the towering defense of UE’s bigs, the Archers gambled by going through Torres and Van Opstal in the post. The Green Archer bigs were able to fish for Moustafa Arafat and Charles Mammie’s five fouls that led the freethrow game open for La Salle to help them in their run.
Up next for the Green Archers will be against Adamson University on August 2, Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
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