Published on August 10th, 2018 | by Resch Untalan0
Green Archers suffer first loss at the hands of Anteaters
The De La Salle University Green Archers suffered its first loss from the University of California-Irvine Anteaters, 102-58, Wednesday, in the Asia Pacific University Basketball Challenge in Seoul, South Korea.
The Green and White held their ground in the first quarter, thanks to contributions from big men Taane Samuel, Brandon Bates, and Santi Santillan, only trailing the US NCAA Division I Big West 2018 Runners-up by six points, 18-24.
All hell broke loose for the Archers in the second quarter as the Anteaters exploded for 31 points, led by freshman JC Butler, while holding DLSU to only five points. UC-Irvine ended the half leading, 55-23.
The Taft-based squad had a better showing in the third, with Justin Baltazar scoring all of his 10 points in the quarter. However, UCI kept its composure and extended its lead, 80-39.
DLSU showed no surrender in the last quarter despite the Anteaters’ sizeable lead, but the US contingent was able to sustain their huge edge.
Aljun Melecio topscored for the Green Archers, with 14 points to go along with two assists, two steals, and two rebounds.
Meanwhile, John Edgar Jr. led the Anteaters with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one steal.