La Salle extends winning streak to six, grabs share of top spot
Published on August 17th, 2014 | by Kim Leong
“Sweet revenge”, this is how one die hard Lasallian fan summarized the events that transpired at the Smart Araneta Colliseum after the the tragic fall of league leader Ateneo Blue Eagles at the hand of a revived Lasallian team which forced the match to end at 88-86 in favor of the Taft based squad.
“Very well fought between the two side which was what we expected,” shared DLSU Head Coach Juno Sauler after the game.
The result puts DLSU as joint leaders alongside FEU and Ateneo, all having 6-2 records.
Led by none other than the King Archer himself, Jeron Teng, who scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, proved that the team singled out by the UAAP coaches as the team to beat is more than ready to make a repeat of last year’s second round sweep as it continues its winning streak at the expense of Ateneo, whose four-game winning run was also ended tonight.
The Green Archers started off in excellent rhythm as they quickly wrested control after erasing Ateneo’s early two point lead by mounting efficient offense. The quarter would end with the Green Archers clearly dominating at 23-10.
The quick lead La Salle achieved all throughout the first quarter eventually forced Ateneo’s starters to simply hunker down and survive the onslaught whilst waiting for the perfect time to mount a counter-offensive.
The second quarter fared no better for the struggling Eagles as the might of the Green Archers was more than sufficient to quash any challenges posed by the Katipunan-based squadron to their lead.
Things however changed in the third quarter as both teams fought hard with three point shots coming from Julian Sargent, Robert Bollick, and Jason Perkins for DLSU and Kiefer Ravena, Nico Elorde and Von Pessumal for the other side. Ateneo’s time to shine also finally came during the the last two minutes of the quarter as they tied the game for the first time in the second half much to the dismay of the DLSU crowd.
Fourth Quarter Trial
The fourth quarter was opened with La Salle once again reclaiming its lead. This however did not last long as Newsome started the first of a series of lead changes for the fourth quarter near the end of the eight minute mark putting Ateneo ahead by a point.
Responding to Ateneo’s lead, Jeron Teng downs both free throws near the end of the seventh minute mark to put La Salle back in front. Ateneo’s Gwynne Capacio however responds with a triple which placed Ateneo back on top during with just six minutes to go. The Green Archers didn’t let the Eagles pull away like they did last round. A single free throw from Jeron Teng and a shot from Julian Sargent with the assist of the former pushed La Salle a bit comfortably in front.
While Ateneo continuously tried to catch up to the point that Newsome succeeded in cutting the lead to one during the last three seconds, the Atenean crowd ultimately fell silent as the Lasallians in the venue roared to delight after a free throw by Vosotros eventually sealed the game at 88-86.
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DLSU (88) – Teng 32, Perkins 18, Sargent 11, Bolick 10, Rivero 9, Vosotros 6, N. Torres 2, Tratter 0, Montalbo 0, Mustre 0.
ADMU (86) – K. Ravena 22, Newsome 15, Elorde 14, Gotladera 10, Pessumal 10, Tolentino 7, Capacio 6, Babilonia 2, F. Ravena 0, Apacible 0, Lim 0.
Quarter scores: 19-10, 44-36, 66-61, 88-86.