Green Archers winning streak snapped by CEU’s second half surge
Published on May 31st, 2015 | by JC Gonzales
In control of the first half with their balanced offense, the Green Archers squandered their grip and was torched by Centro Escolar University’s (CEU) hot shooting from the perimeter as they drop their second game, 93-78.
The Archers opened up on three assists off pick-and-pop plays and a drive-and-dish to Jason Perkins, who knocked down three triples in the first quarter, to complete the play and make it a 10-0 game early. It took nearly four minutes in before Aaron Jeruta scored CEU’s first basket with a triple that was countered by Thomas Torres with his own. Despite a five point swing made by the Scorpions, Torres and Jollo Go made layups to make it a 19-10 game, still in favor of the Archers. CEU was haunted by their free throw woes in the opening frame as they missed six out of eight attempts.
Abu Tratter came off the bench in the second quarter and played a good stretch as he scored the team’s first five points including a strong and-one play to reinstall a ten point gap at 28-18. In addition to the stellar first half made by the La Salle bigs, Prince Rivero scored on a putback that burned another timeout by the Scorpions. After the ceasefire, JM Vargas knocked down a trey to complete a fast five point response by CEU. After a stop on the other end, the Scorpions were assessed of an offensive foul that led to the dismay of the CEU bench and a technical foul was given to coach Egay Macaraya, as it served to be a rally-breaker for his squad.
With 2:39 left in the first half and the Green Archers still in control 39-29, the Scorpions used a quick 9-0 run to end the first half with Rodrigue Ebondo providing the necessary rim resistance and scoring four points out of it as well. A good sign for the Archers during the first 20 minutes of action was their 11 out of 13 clip from the foul stripe and balanced scoring from the roster.
The first five minutes of the third showcased a neck-to-neck exchange between the two teams as the number of lead changes started to pile up. The Scorpions tasted the lead for the first time at 48-47 on a continuation by Aaron Jeruta. After Jeron Teng answered on a bucket, the Scorpions once again responded to take back the lead and never looked back. The three-guard lineup of Go, Torres, and Renzo Navarro, that led the small ball five of DLSU which was effective in the team’s prior outings, were overshadowed by Ebondo’s efforts. Ebondo piled up the boards and started the 12-4 rampage to end the third.
Armed with momentum, Carlo Casino sizzled in the payoff period for CEU as he played to be the zone-breaker with his hot shooting from rainbow territory. The lefty gunslinger scored his team’s first 17 points of the quarter including five of six from downtown. The tremendous stretch gave his squad a 79-62 gap while his triples put the Green Archers at bay. La Salle, however, put up seven straight points quickly, including a triple from Perkins to slice the lead. Unfortunately for the UAAP squad, their rally was halted as Ebondo thwarted a Van Opstal attempt and Teng misfired a pass on the next play that led to four straight points by CEU on their end which eventually sealed the deal for the Scorpions.
CEU ended up shooting 12 triples on 40% shooting from long distance. They also had more assists, 19-13 and committed less errors 11-16. Perkins led DLSU in scoring with 19 while Rivero added 12 markers and eight boards. Tratter also had his best scoring game with 11 while making all of his field goal attempts.
On an interesting side note, this time last year during the 2014 FilOil games, Perpetual’s Baloria also torched the Green Archers in the fourth quarter with his berserk from the three-point region. He ended up scoring 43 points including nine treys to complete the turnaround win after being down by 20 earlier in the game.
DLSU drops to 5-2 in the standings while CEU improves to a 6-1 slate. The Archers round up their 2015 preseason elimination games against UST on Saturday, 5pm still at the FilOil Flying-V Arena in San Juan.