Published on July 25th, 2013 | by DLSU Sports0
La Salle’s third quarter explosion stymies Ateneo
By Jan Gonzales
After five straight setbacks in the UAAP against their fiercest rivals, the Green Archers finally had something to cheer about.
The Green Archers grabbed their first back-to-back wins in this season by out-playing the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 82-73, in a heavily-anticipated showdown last July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena in PasayCity.
Almond Vosotros led the Archer attack with 19 points while Arnold Van Opstal had his breakout game of the season with 17 points and eight rebounds. In addition, Luigi de la Paz came to life by scoring 10, while Jeron Teng added eight points.
For the Eagles, Chris Newsome scored a game-high 27 points while veteran guard Juami Tiongson had 14.
After the game, head coach Juno Sauler commended his players for their impeccable focus in achieving the win, saying, “What I’ve been telling to my players (is that) it’s not who we play. We (always) come out with the same mindset (and) it doesn’t matter who we are facing.”
This win improved the Green Archers to a 2-1 win-loss card while dropping the Blue Eagles at an unfamiliar spot on the cellar with a 0-3 record.
With two quick baskets by the Eagles slicing the lead to four with over a minute left to play in regulation. La Salle answered back with a crucial bucket as Teng found a wide open De la Paz for a left corner triple which lifted the team to 77-72 lead which successfully denied any comeback attempt from Ateneo.
The Archers started out strong with a 7-4 blast in the opening quarter which was capped off by a three-pointer from Vosotros leading to an Ateneo timeout. They would then respond back with a 14-3 run against La Salle with the combined efforts of Newsome and Ryan Buenafe.
Entering into the second canto, successive attacks in the paint by Newsome took out the momentum of the Archers which led to first half in favor of the Blue side 40-28.
Then came an unbelievable second half.
Being down by as much as 14 points in the second period, Sauler’s adjustments gave way in constructing the team’s strong comeback win. After a mini-run by the Archers in which they were able to chop the lead to eight, the Ateneans would reinstall another 14 point lead at 48-34 via transition offense of JP Erram and Von Pessumal. Vosotros would then knock down a trey that sparked the run for the Green Archers.
The trio of Vosotros, De la Paz and Van Opstal would ignite a whopping 16-2 run to tie the game at 50. The Archers also applied their familiar full-court pressure defense during the rally and was effective enough to distract the Eagles’ offensive flow and forced the Eagles to commit turnovers. The team then ended the third canto on high note with a 59-56 advantage after a couple of three-point plays from Van Opstal.
DLSU (82) – Vosotros 19, Van Opstal 18, Teng 13, De La Paz 10, Perkins 9, T. Torres 8, N. Torres 5, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Bolick 0.
ADMU (73) – Newsome 27, Tiongson 14, Buenafe 11, Pessumal 10, Erram 6, Elorde 3, Golla 2, Tolentino 0, Capacio 0, Babilonia 0.
Quarter scores: 16-20, 28-40, 59-56, 84-73.