Green Archers shrug first half struggle, register third straight win
Published on August 26th, 2013 | by DLSU Sports
A magnificent second half lifted the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers to an 85-63 win against the lowly University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in the on-going second round UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’re just trying to improve on what we’re doing. Just trying to keep increase our assists, decrease our turnovers, just try to shoot better whether it be from the three, from the two or free throws,” quipped head coach Juno Sauler as he shortly analyzes his team’s second half, three-game surge.
Once again, it was the solid frontline that anchored DLSU to another win. Jason Perkins topped all scorers with 19 points to produce another remarkable showing in his debut season while Norbert “The Bear” Torres broke out from hibernation as he garnered 16 big points after being limited to minimal scoring in his past few outings. Perkins and Torres also combined for 30 boards. Almond Vosotros and Jeron Teng also contributed 16 and 12 respectively to sum up four Green Archers in double-digits.
“I thought I could do a better job on defensive rebounds,” said Jason Perkins, who usually gets more offensive boards than his defensive rebounds, despite his dominant performance under the paint.
However, the game was closer than the score line suggests.
Julius Wong hit the first points of the game courtesy of a turnaround jumper against the smaller Vosotros, signalling renewed confidence under new Head Coach Rey Madrid who took over at the helm after the sacking of RIcky Dandan. DLSU would not let this get to them when they unfurled a 14-6 run that prompted Madrid to sue for time.
UP sizzled hot during the second quarter. Trailing by three after the first 10 minutes, the boys from Diliman made a 16-6 run on the back of several jumpers to put them ahead, 36-29. DLSU trimmed the deficit to four but they found themselves back down by seven, 35-42, when Martin Pascual converted a last-gasp trey right in front of the La Salle bench.
As soon as the second half began, the Green Archers eagerly pressured UP on the defensive end. Stingy defense coupled by good shot selection brought last year’s semifinalists back in the game.
Coming off fresh from the locker room, the Taft-based squad regrouped and launched an early 7-2 run that forced UP to take a breather on the 6:38 mark of the third canto.The Archers employed a high-pressure defensive approach that made shooting doubly harder for the Maroons. Because of aggressive attacks of the Archers towards the basket, a possession after the timeout put UP in early penalty.
Though La Salle did not capitalize much on the penalty situation of UP, only drawing two fouls after, they did a good job exchanging baskets and eventually created turnovers from their opponents. A four-to-nothing run capped DLSU’s third quarter turnaround to lead by five, 61-56, after trailing by seven at the half.
A seven-point fourth quarter production erased UP’s hopes to break into the win column as the Archers put up a 24-point output to seal the deal. Perkins outscored the whole UP squad in the final period where he poured 10 of his total point production.
“We shot better in the second half and UP missed the shots that they were making in the first half. No really adjustments. I just told them to play harder and just do a better job defensively in challenging the shots that UP was making and to just continue what we were doing on offense. We can’t really change or adjust anything after the first half,” said Sauler who had shown huge trust to his team in the second half to reverse a possible upset into a rout.
Henri Asilum led the Maroons with 18 markers on a 4-of-5 clip beyond the arc. However, a 33% field goal shooting of UP within the two point range in the second half cost them the win as DLSU shot 62%. Free throws also gave the Archers some cushion in the second half with a 15-of-18 percentage from the stripe while UP only shot 33% at the foul line.
In a game of two halves, the Archers showed composure in the latter half to pull off a 22-point crashing after coming up short in the first half. The score though does not really reflect the tone of the match were UP only lost their hold of after the Archers quick 6-0 run to start the fourth.
The Green Archers are taking a week off as they gear up to face the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles on September one at the Big Dome. In their first round meeting, the boys from Taft Avenue broke Ateneo’s UAAP streak over the Archers–who are now looking for their first elimination round sweep of the eight-time UAAP champions since 2005.
It also marks the start of a tough three-game week that will also give them an opportunity to avenge a couple of first-round defeats to the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors on the following Wednesday and to the National University (NU) Bulldogs on September 8.
DLSU (85) – Perkins 19, Vosotros 16, N. Torres 16, Teng 12, van Opstal 7. Revilla 6, Montalbo 5, Tampus 4, T. Torres 0, Salem 0.
UP (63) – Asilum 18, Soyud 11, Marata 11, Wong 6, Harris 4, Desiderio 4, Pascual 3, Suarez 0, Paras 0, Gingerich 0, Gallarza 0, Amar 0.
Quarter scores: 23-20, 35-42, 61-56, 85-63.