Published on September 24th, 2018 | by Jhenel Laus0
Green Archers survive late Warriors scare to grab second straight win
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers halt University of the East (UE) Red Warriors to grab second straight win in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, 82-72, on Sunday, September 23, at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
The UE Red Warriors was off to a good start as they opened the first quarter with Pasaol shooting beyond the arc and Varilla’s pull-up to lead 5-0 in the first minutes of the game. La Salle countered with their own 7-2 run as they tied the game 7 a-piece behind Baltazar jumper and Melecio firing from beyond the arc. The Green and White started to make noise as they made another 9-2 run, 16-9, DLSU ahead. At the end of first quarter, 21-14, DLSU.
Green Archers Go, Serrano and Melecio plus a monster rejection from Baltazar opened the second frame that gave DLSU a 27-20 lead. UE’s Gallardo and Cullar stepped up for the Warriors but with the Archers collaborative effort they gained a big lead.
After two quarters, La Salle was ahead by twelve, 39-27. Aljun Melecio led the team with 12 points all from beyond the arc and limiting Alvin Pasaol to only 5 points.
It was a seesaw battle for the UE Red Warriors and the Green Archers as they exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. Green Archer Mark Dyke takes the driver seat for DLSU as he adds 5 points. Red Warrior Jason Varilla shines for UE scoring 7 points in the quarter alone. At the end of third period, La Salle ahead, 59-45.
It was a different story in the final ten minutes of the game as Manalang opened the quarter with a triple plus a foul and gave the Veteran Warrior Alvin Pasaol strength as he came back to life and gave La Salle a scare. Pasaol scored 17 points after the Green Archer limited him to only 5 points in the first three quarters of the game. Archer Serrano never gave up and fired back-to-back threes to give La Salle a 73-58 lead over the Warriors. The Warriors was slowly climbing back as they had a 14-9 run in the last minutes of the game.
Aljun Melecio’s thought on the last minutes of the game from the late scare of the Warriors, “I think, first of all di kami sanay na ganun yung lamang namin. Second is, umalis kami sa system kaya nagka-turnovers kami ng marami.”
At the end of Regulation, the red-hot shooting of Aljun Melecio and Justin Baltazar gave the Green Archer its second win of the season, 82-72
Melecio-Baltazar led the Green Archers with 16 a-piece with Melecio shooting 71% from the rainbow country and Baltazar contributing 14 rebounds and 3 blocks.
On the other hand, Pasaol led the Red Warriors after finishing with 22 points. Varilla and Manalang combined for 25 points.
The Taft-based squad will have a seven-day break before facing the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo De Manila University on September 30, October 3 and October 6 respectively. Asked about how they will prepare for the upcoming games Veteran Archer Melecio said, “Wala pa naman preparations pero siguro handle muna namin yung panalo tonight, and tomorrow or Tuesday bagong strategy naman for UP.”
The DLSU Green Archers will attempt to claim another win on Sunday, September 30 against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons at the Mall of Asia Arena.
DLSU (82) – Baltazar 16, Melecio 16, Serrano 11, Go 10, Caracut 9, Santillan 6, Dyke 5, Bates 3, Corteza 2, Manuel 2, Montalbo 2
UE (72)- Pasaol 22, Varilla 14, Manalang 11, Bartolome 6, Maloles 5, Cullar 4, Gallardo 4, Acuno 2, Lacap 2, Strait 2