Green Archers secure second straight win, fend off gritty Tamaraws
Published on August 19th, 2013 | by DLSU Sports
The Green Archers scraped past the FEU Tamaraws through a 75-66 contest to collect their second consecutive win in the second round of the ongoing UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Jason Perkins spearheaded the Green Archers with 18 points, 13 rebounds—seven of which coming from the offensive end. Sophomore Jeron Teng and backcourt sniper Almond Vosotros also powered the La Salle offense as the duo combined for 29 points, 12 of those coming in the last six minutes of the game.
With the win, the Green Archers returned to the top half of the UAAP standings by bearing a 5-4 record.
The Archers opened the first quarter with a blistering 23-14 start with the frontline duo of Perkins and Arnold Van Opstal combining for 12 points. The pair also did a great job on the glass in boxing out FEU.
The bench then provided the much-needed offensive spark for the Archers in the second frame as they erected a 22-point lead. Rookie floor general Kib Montalbo started the quarter with two quick baskets while Matt Salem punched in two timely triples that were part of a 16-2 scoring run. Vosotros and Perkins would then deliver consecutive three pointers that gave the Archers the momentum which blew the game wide open. The lead ballooned as much as 43-21 at one point.
After an ensuing timeout by the Tamaraws, the Archers seemed rattled as they piled up consecutive turnovers in a quick stretch that aided their Morayta-based counterparts to install their own rally. The Archers were on a losing side of a 12-0 run that sliced their lead to ten. Montalbo would then split a last-second pair of free throws to restore La Salle’s advantage going into halftime.
Entering the second half with an 11-point cushion, the Archers were in for another test of character in holding on the lead against the number one scoring team on the league. Despite another horrendous display shooting from the free throw line hitting only four of their ten attempts, the Taft-based squad’s defense helped them contain the shooting of the guards of FEU.
With the pay-off quarter underway, it seemed like the Archers would collapse the way they did the last round against the same team as the Archers slowly losing its lead against the Tamaraws. After a Norbert Torres inside stab to open the period, the Tamaraws reinstalled 12-2 rally that chopped La Salle’s lead to two points. With Van Opstal and Jeron Teng missing on their free throws, a cold-blooded triple from Vosotros gave breathing room for the Archers. Consecutive drives from Teng aided the Archers as they were able to put on a safe nine-point margin with less than two minutes to play and their defense locked down every shooter from FEU until the final buzzer.
“We wanted to come to the game and work on what we practiced in between the first round and second round but I’m not really satisfied in how we played,” told Green Archers Coach Juno Sauler. The mentor cited the abundance of turnovers and the lack of assists, particularly in the second half to have left the door open for FEU to narrow the gap down to as near as two. He added, “We still have to do a better job all throughout the 40 minutes”
As the Green Archers were threatened by another FEU rally midway in the fourth, Sauler reminded his wards to keep their heads in the game. We know teams make runs in the UAAP, but mental toughness and focus of the players pull this through.”
Next up for the Green Archers are the hapless UP Fighting Maroons, who still find themselves at the bottom of the pile with a winless record in eight games. Game begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 24, 2013.
DLSU (75) – Perkins 18, Teng 16, Vosotros 13, Van Opstal 9, Salem 6, Montalbo 5, N. Torres 4, Tampus 4, Revilla 0, Bolick 0.
FEU (66) – Pogoy 16,Belo 16, Romeo 12, Tolomia 7, Hargrove 6, Garcia 5, Cruz 4, Inigo 0, Sentcheu 0, Mendoza 0, Lee Yu 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0.
Quarter scores: 23-14, 44-33, 60-50, 75-66.