Published on July 17th, 2013 | by DLSU Sports0
La Salle falls short in overtime against UST in season opener
The Green Archers came up short against the UST Growling Tigers, 58-63, in overtime during the opening day of the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Three Archers scored in double digits as debuting forward Jason Perkins and Almond Vosotros tallied 13 points apiece while Season 75 Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng added 10 points.
With a slim lead held by the Growling Tigers late in the game, Perkins tied the game at 51-all with a pull-up jumper from the top of the key to force the game into overtime.
However, getting exhausted after chasing down a huge deficit, La Salle failed to keep pace with UST in the extra period after finding difficulty to convert some easy shots down the stretch.
After the game, Head Coach Juno Sauler said that the team has to play better from the start in their future games for better results. He also recognized the value of taking care of the ball better after being plagued with 24 turnovers in the game.
The tide turned against DLSU’s in the second period as the stingy UST defense forced them to settle for difficult shots. On the other hand, the Tigers capitalized from an array of defensive lapses committed by La Salle to gain a comfortable eight-point lead at halftime.
The UST lead grew larger but valiant efforts from Gabby Reyes, Almond Vosotros and Thomas Torres on the offensive end pushed the team back into the game.
The Green Archers will be back at the MoA Arena this coming Wednesday as they square off against the UP Fighting Maroons led by a former Green Archers Sam Marata and Mikee Reyes.
DLSU (63)-Vosotros 13, Perkins 13, Teng 10, T. Torres 7, N. Torres 6, Reyes 4, Revilla 4, Van Opstal 1, Tampus 0, Bolick 0.
UST (58)-Teng 23, Abdul 17, Bautista 6, Mariano 5, Ferrer 5, Pe 3, Hainga 2, Daquioag 2, Lo 0.
Quarter scores: 12-10; 20-28; 38-44; 51-51; 58-63.