Published on May 11th, 2014 | by DLSU Sports0
La Salle stunned by JRU, drops to 1-1 record
Jose Rizal University (JRU) pulled out the biggest upset so far in the 2014 FilOil Flying V preseason tournament as the Heavy Bombers’ early explosion was just enough to defeat the De La Salle Green Archers, 69-68, yesterday, in the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
JRU started the game strong, posting an early 13-4 lead to start the first quarter. But thanks to the strong effort of King Archer Jeron Teng, who scored eight points during the opening quarter, La Salle was able to keep the game close as the first quarter ended with a score of 21-16 in favor of the Heavy Bombers.
JRU continued to dominate in the second quarter. The Heavy Bombers forced the Green Archers to take bad shots and commit one turnover after another to extend their lead to 44-26 at half time, stunning the predominantly green crowd in the game venue.
The Green Archers showed their “Animo” during the third quarter, cutting JRU’s lead all the way down to five thanks to the combined efforts of Jeron Teng, Arnold Van Opstal and Almond Vosotros. JRU’s timely outside sniping towards the end of the third quarter though enabled the Heavy Bombers to still hold the lead at 57-48, entering the final phase of the game.
With the La Salle crowd egging the boys on in the final period, the Green Archers finally took over the lead after trailing for most parts of the game at 53-49 via back to back baskets from Jason Perkins. However, Coach Vergel Meneses’ boys will not just go away and proved that they are a Final Four contender team in the NCAA as they regrouped to eventually get back the lead.
Center Michael Mabulac converted on two undergoal stabs to allow the Heavy Bombers to take the lead again at 69-68. With 6 seconds left in the game and the score standing still at 69-68, Jeron Teng brought down the ball and found Jason Perkins. Perkins drove hard to the basket but unfortunately his layup rimmed out as the final horn sounded, prompting celebrations and relief from the JRU camp.
The Archers clearly missed the services of Coach Juno Sauler, who is in the United States for e brief trip. Assistant Coach Allan Caidic took over the coaching chores for the Green Archers in this game.
Jeron Teng had a good all-around game scoring 17 points, grabbing 7 boards, dishing out 5 dimes, 2 steals, and 1 blocked shot. He shot well from the field, making 5/9 of his field goal attempts. He also converted 6/7 from the charity stripe. Not known as a three-point shooter, Jeron even made his only three-point attempt of the game, much to the delight of the La Salle crowd.
Arnold Van Opstal and Almond Vosotros ably supported Jeron in yesterday’s game with both scoring 13 points. AVO also hauled down 7 caroms while his front court partner, Jason Perkins, contributed 8 markers.
The biggest flaw for DLSU in yesterday’s loss was their turnovers. La Salle finished the game with 25 turnovers compared to JRU’s 12. The Green Archers were caught flat-footed with the system that brought them success before, the full-court press.
Former Green Archer and Lady Archers assistant coach Cholo Villanueva (champion team member in 2001 and 2007) is now part of the JRU Heavy Bombers coaching staff. Both him and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses are part of Coach Franz Pumaren’s coaching staff in Air 21 in the PBA.
Next stop for the Green Archers is the “Cebu Leg” of the FilOil tournament. La Salle will face three of the strongest Cebu teams playing in CESAFI (Cebu’s UAAP counterpart) and underestimating them is a not an option. Let us look forward to a strong Cebu trip for the Green Archers as they try to improve on the court and build an even stronger bond off the court for the out of town games.