Published on October 14th, 2015 | by Denise So0
Green Archers survive Red Warriors
What an excruciating roller coaster ride it has been, for the DLSU Green Archers. Sporting a 4-4 record, just past the season’s mid-point, the Archers once again found their fortune in an upward rush after beating the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 72-64.
From take off, the Warriors, as expected, threw the famous Pumaren Press towards the Archers. Fortunately, the Green Archers were able to keep enough composure to stay afloat. In the first few minutes of the quarter, Perkins and Teng took the shots for the Taft-based squad while Manalang, Varilla and Javier put up collective baskets for UE. Consecutive misses and turnovers by the Archers however, led to a mini-run by the Warriors. Thomas Torres was able to bank in a jumper to break the run but Varilla scored a basket to negate his efforts. An exchange of baskets between the two teams went on until Thomas Torres launched a shot from beyond the arc, giving the Archers a three-point lead at the end of the first canto, 19-16.
The Warriors started the second quarter on a more aggressive note than the Archers, as they went on a seven to nothing run to take the lead. Fortunately for the Archers, Teng managed to bank in a shot that alleviated the drought. A few costly turnovers by the Archers led to another mini-run by the Warriors but Torralba was able to land a left-hand jumper for his team. After scoring off charity baskets and a drive from Teng, the Archers are back on the driver’s seat. Langston added two points from the free throw line to extend La Salle’s lead to five. UE’s Palma shot a jumper for his team but a reverse layup by Sargent followed by consecutive baskets from Torres led to an 18-2 DLSU run. At the half, the Archers saw themselves leading at 41-30.
Early in the third, the Warriors seemed to have awoken from slumber as they went on an 8-0 run, capitalizing on the Archers’ turnovers. The Red Warriors pressed hard on the Archers’ defense and challenged their offense, rendering the Archers with no field goals until a layup by Rivero at the five-minute mark. A bank shot by Perkins followed by a mid-ranged jumper by Teng gives the Archers the breathing room they badly needed. The Warriors attempted to cut the deficit but consecutive baskets from Muyang secured a five-point lead for the Archers at the end of the third quarter.
The Archers seemed more aggressive in the fourth quarter as they gave the Warriors a taste of their own medicine. The Archers had better ball movement offensively and they were able to limit the Red Warriors on second-chance points. However, the Red Warriors attempted to match the Archers’ energy as Palma launched a trey to cut the deficit. However, a layup from Torralba and baskets from Teng extended La Salle’s lead. An assist by Rivero to Muyang and another basket from the former lifted the Archers to a 10-point lead with a few minutes left into the game. Torralba then launched a three-point shot that further put their opponent behind. The Warriors tried to keep up but the Archers maintained composure, ending the game 72-64.
Jeron Teng played well-rounded basketball with a game high of 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Thomas Torres added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Rookie, Larry Muyang also contributed 9 points and 11 boards of his own. On the other hand, UE’s Emil Palma led his team with 14 points and 5 rebounds.
One wonders after this win, whether the Archers have looped past the season’s nadir and are now rocketing up, towards ultimate victory. The ride continues on Sunday 4:00pm at the MOA Arena against the top-ranked FEU Tamaraws. Fasten your seatbelts.