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Published on October 6th, 2018 | by Gabriel Minamedez


Melecio’s 21 not enough as Green Archers fall to Ateneo

A valiant effort from Aljun Melecio was turned away as the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers fell to archrivals the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 55-71, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Melecio led the game in points with 21 but Ateneo’s firepower caught La Salle off guard with red-hot shooting from beyond the arc by the former and a multitude of turnovers by the latter.

Albeit the final score as it is, the first quarter was a tightly contested one, showcasing some classic Ateneo-La Salle action. Melecio kicked off the game with a three-pointer, followed by a Baltazar layup to put the Archers up, 5-0. Ateneo stayed in the game with efficient perimeter scoring, including a shot by Anton Asistio from downtown to put the Eagles up, 12-7. La Salle would then proceed to score six straight to lead the first, 13-12.

The second quarter was a tough one for La Salle. After a tug-of-war first couple of minutes, Joaqui Manuel was able to hit a three to push DLSU to an 18-16 lead. Unfortunately, that was the last lead that La Salle was able to enjoy. Ateneo went on a huge 12-0 run, capped by a Thirdy Ravena three to push the lead to double digits, 28-18. Melecio was able to stop the bleeding with a three of his own to cut the lead entering the second half, 21-28, but it was an indication that La Salle had work to do.

La Salle had high hopes entering the third quarter, starting it all off with a putback from Justine Baltazar to slice the lead down to five. Ateneo eventually responded with an intense 7-0 scoring run that ballooned the Blue Eagle lead, 35-23. Santi Santillan muscled in an and-one to put it back down to single digits, but it was all Ateneo from then on. Tyler Tio off the bench poured in five including a wide open triple that sent the Ateneo crowd into frenzy. It was 50-33, Ateneo to end the third frame.

La Salle never wavered in the final canto, as they did for the whole game. After a series of trade-offs, Melecio led the team to cut the lead down to just fourteen, 54-40. Reigning Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena had something to say back, in form of another deep bomb to put Ateneo back up 57-40. La Salle tried another run in them with consecutive baskets from Santillan and Serrano, inching closer to 60-48. Raffy Verano then hit a dagger triple from the corner to halt the Archers’ rising momentum. Kib Montalbo and Aljun Melecio teamed up to try and lead a miracle comeback, but it was a little too late for the Green and White. Ateneo gets round one, 71-55.

Aljun Melecio led a valiant effort with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Santi Santillan was second in line with 7 points and 7 rebounds.

Big man Angelo Kouame held his own for Ateneo with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Anton Asistio added 12 points off 4 of 5 shooting from deep, while Thirdy Ravena had an all-around outing with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

La Salle concludes their first round basketball action against the Adamson University (AdU) Falcons on Saturday, October 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Bounce back, Green Archers! Animo La Salle!


Gabriel Minamedez

DLSU 118 BS-CS // E-mail: gabminamedez@gmail.com

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