La Salle outshines San Beda to barge into PCCL Finals

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Yet another chance for championship glory awaits the Green Archers.

The Green Archers showed yet another inspiring performance after outworking the San Beda Red Lions in the team’s gritty 64-60 win last December 12 at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

“More than the result, it’s the experience of playing a team like them. [They’re the] NCAA Champion, a very strong team for how many years already, well-coached and just by playing them, the experience alone, the players learn a lot, [and] I get to learn something here and there,” shared DLSU Head Coach Juno Sauler after the game.

Jeron Teng scored a game-high 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists while Jason Perkins chipped in a double-double with 15 markers and 14 boards. In addition, Almond Vosotros added 12 points and 5 rebounds.

On the other hand, Art Dela Cruz led the Red Lions with 19 points and 5 rebounds while Baser Amer had 15 points and 3 assists. Furthermore, Ola Adeogun tallied in 14 points and 13 boards.

With this win, the Archers will now face the SWU Cobras for the championship. The best-of-three series will kick-off this Monday, December 16, at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

“Southwestern University is a very strong team. They play very hard, they play very tough. We just have to review what we did wrong and what we can take advantage of. Hopefully, we can execute the game plan,” Sauler added.

With both teams stuck at neutral for the most part of the game, La Salle finally got the upper hand after making timely baskets midway through the final quarter.

With the team trailing 53-58, Teng’s layup jumpstarted an 11-5 run to effectively seize the lead.

Vosotros and Perkins would later place the icing on the cake as both of them hit clutch baskets to put away the Red Lions for good.

The scores:

DLSU (64) – Teng 23, Perkins 15, Vosotros 12, N. Torres 6, Salem 4, T. Torres 2, Bolick 2, Montalbo 0, Van Opstal 0, Tampus 0.

SBC (60) – Dela Cruz 19, Amer 15, Adeogun 14, Dela Rosa 5, Sara 3, Pascual 2, A. Semerad 2, Ludovice 0, Mendoza 0, D. Semerad 0, Koga 0.

Quarter scores: 17-16, 25-27, 46-47, 64-60.

 

Lady Spikers open championship quest by sweeping Adamson

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The Lady Spikers defeated the Adamson Lady Falcons via sweep, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19. to open up the team’s Season 76 championship journey.

Despite the loss of some veteran players, the Taft-based spikers were still able to showcase a poised balanced attack against the opposition which were led by the one-two punch of Ara Galang and Mika Reyes.

Galang scored 16 markers, 13 of which coming from attacks while the towering Reyes was a force in the middle.She added 12 points and had 4 blocks.

In addition, team captain Aby Marano chipped in 11 points while Cyd Demecillo and rookie Desiree Cheng poured in 8 and 7 points respectively.

The Lady Spikers showed outstanding net defense as evidenced in their 13-3 block advantage against the Lady Falcons. They also outscored Adamson in terms of service aces, 5-1.

Key losses for the reigning champions are their former defensive specialist in MIchele Gumabao, ace libero in Melissa Gohing, Wensh Tiu and Justine Tiu

Additions for the Lady Spikers for this season introduces rookies Cheng, Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Joy Baron. Moreover, Camille Cruz also returns to the lineup after sitting out the previous season due to injury.

Green Booters slip, Lady Booters gain ground on opening week

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The DLSU Football Teams had contrasting starts in this season’s UAAP Football Tournament as the men dropped points in the 0-2 defeat to UST while the women edged past UP, 2-1. Both games were held at the FEU-Diliman Football Field in Quezon City.

Saturday was a bad day for Coach Hans Smit and the Green Booters as ace striker Gelo Diamante was ruled out because of dengue. Furthermore, they were on the wrong end of a 2-0 result. Jogi Celiz capitalized on the defensive lapse of DLSU in the fourth minute of the match to put the Gold-and-Black ahead, 1-0. La Salle then dominated the proceedings but was not able to find an equalizing goal by halftime.

Things were similar in the second half. Jojo Borromeo and Nathan Alquiros produced opportunities with Alquiros’ striking the woodwork a couple of times. Unfortunately, Patrick O’Neill’s shot in the 81st minute went beyond DLSU goalkeeper Joshua Cruz to double UST’s advantage. There was still time for La Salle to snatch a result but the Thomasian defense stood firm to deny the DLSU XI any chances of spoiling their win.

The following day, Smit’s lady wards drew a 2-1 victory over relentless UP. Things started beautifully for last year’s first runners-up. Rookie forward Kyra Dimaandal pounced on the rebound off a saved attempt by Cha Guancia. The lead did not get to last by halftime though as UP’s Kali Navea-Huff poked the ball in. It appeared that Inna Palacios already had control of the ball but the sophomore goalkeeper lost grip after colliding with two UP players. Nonetheless, the referee saw no malicious contact; thus ruling the goal legal.

In the second half, Erika Turtur stepped up her game as she replaced Palacios. The Davaoena keeper was alert in stopping a number of UP shots all throughout the half. The same can be said of the UP defense, which clamped down La Salle’s attacking spells. It all boiled down to a 91st minute free kick by Negrense Ange Metillo. After failing to register a goal last season, the ace midfielder struck a wonderfully-arched, game-winning shot to give the Lady Booters the lead with just three minutes left.

The two teams will look for nothing but three points in the upcoming midweek clashes. The Green Booters would aim to bounce back against an improved UE side on Tuesday while the Lady Booters are in the quest of their second win when they square off with rivals UST. Both games have 3PM kickoffs and will be held at FEU-Diliman.

Green Archers overcome Tigers, capture UAAP title for the eighth time

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Eight-time UAAP Men’s Basketball Champions.

That is what the De La Salle University Green Archers have become after edging the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 71-69, in the winner-take-all Game Three of the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Finals Saturday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The sound of the final buzzer accompanied by the sight of Karim Abdul’s overcooked game-winning baseline trifecta sent the LaSallians in euphoria as the Green Archers are crowned Kings of UAAP basketball.

Finals MVP Jeron Teng delivered his team to glory by scoring 25 points, collecting 8 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists. “Actually di lang talaga yung naglead, yung buong team talaga with the help from all the coaches, lahat kami nagtulong-tulong talaga and we pulled ourselves together pataas.” The Finals MVP humbly responded.

Almond Vosotros supported Teng’s output with his 16 markers, 5 rebounds and an assist. “Siguro na sa akin na yung confidence, then yung last shot ko sobrang dami siguro nagpray para mapasok ko yun.” Almond replied when asked about the last shot he made during the overtime period. _JGF6919

The mighty La Salle frontcourt trio of Norbert Torres, Arnold van Opstal and Jason Perkins also made their presence felt as they combined for 25 points, 30 rebounds and three blocks. On the other side, Abdul and Jeric Teng jointly led their team—with the duo tallying 50 of UST’s 69 points.

Both teams started relentlessly, not willing to being on the back foot early on. The first 14 points were evenly split by the two teams but a 5-1 spurt placed La Salle in a slightly comfortable position. UST ended the first period with a 10-4 counter-run that was capped by a wide-open Kevin Ferrer triple four seconds before the first period ended.

A dismal second quarter saw the Green Archers in a deeper hole. With both teams missing more than making shots, it was UST that got the upper-hand. With the game close at 21-22, Jeric sniped back-to-back triples to put the Tigers ahead by seven in the middle of the second period. With only a couple of field goals made, the Archers struggled to keep up with UST, who finished the half up by eight points.

UST began the third period with an 8-1 run that brought the Thomasians ahead by as much as 15 points capped by a Jeric Teng elbow triple. La Salle was able to reduce the gap to 11 by fishing a couple of fouls and scoring from free throw charities.

Afterwards, Van Opstal and Abdul had a shootout in the low post before the Green Archers, spurred by a Jason Perkins layup, launched a 12-0 run to regain the lead at 47-46 via a Thomas Torres corner triple, before Sheak Sheriff got a lucky offensive rebound and scored on a floater to beat the buzzer and placed the Tigers’ noses back in front entering the fourth.

“I just told them to play. One of our strengths I think was running and I think in that stretch we started to push the ball when Thomas Torres also came in. And we could see some players from UST I thought I saw were tired but didn’t want to go down, we made that push and we made that run. It was the only thing I told them.” Coach Juno shared when asked about the impressive run done by the Archers in the third quarter.

Down by one at the start of the last quarter, La Salle fell behind a couple of steps as UST launched a 7-3 rally to create some room for comfort, 56-61 with just four minutes remaining. Perkins fouled Ferrer in the act of shooting, giving the Tigers a chance to stretch their lead. Ferrer, a renowned shooter, missed both his charity shots.

In the ensuing play, Jeron drew a foul from his brother Jeric plus the basket before suffering from cramps in his fall. Thomas Torres converted the bonus freethrow of Teng’s basket to cut the deficit to two points. Ferrer was fouled once more and had made both his freebies, but the Archers scored two consecutive baskets courtesy of Perkins and Jeron. Mariano levelled the score after converting both of his free throws.

With 6.1 seconds left in regulation, UST had the chance to engineer a series-ending play. Aljon Mariano was the recipient of the inbound pass and dribbled the time out before taking a buzzer-beating shot. Despite launching the ball before time expires, there were no celebrations in the UST gallery as Mariano’s shot did not hit the target, sending the game to overtime.

_JGF7044Both teams exhibited their sturdy defences in the overtime period, with the first bucket coming in at the 3:15 mark courtesy of Vosotros, who was left uncontested in the paint. After a few spells of empty possessions, Ferrer equalized with a contested bucket in the low post and it was followed up by a Jeric shot from the baseline that swung the momentum back to UST’s favour.

With half a minute to go, Jeron was fouled by Mariano. The sophomore was only able to make one of two, with the possession eventually going to UST. Mariano then committed a pivotal turnover by sending a pass away from Ferrer’s reach. Mariano and his teammates were left to rue the chance as Vosotros converted a baseline jumper in the last 19.7 seconds.

UST had two shots off target before Revilla was fouled by Mariano. The fourth-year player only managed to split his freebies to make it 71-69 in favour of La Salle. The second missed freethrow gave the Tigers an opportunity to extend the game or win the title.

Abdul surged forward with the ball toward the La Salle half before being obstructed by Jeron who tapped the ball away in the baseline. UST was able to draw a game-winning play with Abdul left to save the Tigers with an unusual triple that went above the rim and struck nothing but the canvas.

“It was great learning experience for me not just for me but for the whole team. Lots of lessons to be learned.” As Coach Juno sums up his entire experience as a rookie coach for this season.

The scores:
La Salle 71—Teng 25, Vosotros 16, Perkins 13, van Opstal 11, T. Torres 4, N. Torres 1, Revila 1, Tampus 0, Salem 0

Santo Tomas 69—Abdul 26, Teng 24, Ferrer 7, Bautista 4, Mariano 3, Sheriff 2, Lao 2, Pe 1

Quarterscores: 16-18, 24-32, 46-47, 65-65, 71-69.

Green Archers Force Rubber Match with Game Two Triumph over the Growling Tigers

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On the brink of elimination, the De La Salle University Green Archers displayed a dominating performance to earn a 77-70 victory over the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to level the best-of-three UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Championship series at one game apiece Saturday afternoon at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

DLSU Coach Juno Sauler only fielded seven of his 12 available players throughout the match, with the starting unit averaging 33 minutes in the ball game. The thin rotation rewarded Sauler as all of them got to score and contribute heavily in this crucial game.

Like many times before, Jeron Teng spearheaded the attack of the Archers as the former Xavier standout was a rebound shy of a double-double with 19 points, 9 caroms, and 4 assists. In addition, the renowned twin-tower combination of Norbert Torres and Arnold Van Opstal combined for 29 points, 24 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists controlling the shaded lane on both ends of the floor in the game.

On the other hand, Jeron’s brother, Jeric Teng, paced the Growling Tigers with 28 points and Cameroonian center Karim Abdul also pocketed 13 markers with 9 rebounds to go along with a foul trouble-limited performance. “Of course it was a big thing [that everyone contributed] because in the first game we played more of on our own so come game two the objective was to share the ball and trust one another,” said Jeron Teng in a mix of English and Filipino.

Leading 64-53 to start the fourth period, the Green Archers carried the momentum as Jason Perkins sniped from downtown, pushing the lead up to 14 points. Abdul’s five-point charge brought life to the UST gallery. But just as seem that UST will make a strong comeback, La Salle had all the answers to keep the Growling Tigers at bay. The Green Archers kept their lead in double digits with the biggest at 14 points still at 77-63 with 4:10 to go in regulation via Norbert Torres’ two converted freebies.

The Growling Tigers, needing only a win to secure their 19th UAAP men’s basketball championship, attempted a final run to crawl back into the game. The Thomasians powered their way through Karim Abdul’s completed and-one play, Jeric Teng’s banked shot off a drive on the left flank, and Kevin Ferrer’s two free throw conversions off Jeron Teng’s foul from the rainbow region to reduce the Archers’ lead to 7 points at 77-70 with 49 seconds left in the ball game.

The Tigers, at that time, were not yet in the penalty, so they were forced to foul twice in order to send the Archers to the foul line. Kim Lo was able to let Perkins shoot free throws—both of which the Fil-Am big man missed. With time certainly against the Tigers, they attempted to make a shot that was off target and landed on the hands of Van Opstal who collected his 14th rebound just before time expired and officially brought La Salle to equal footing with UST in the race for the coveted UAAP men’s basketball title. _JGF6493

Sauler told that the preparation for next week’s title-clinching game will begin as soon as Sunday. He furthered, “We’ll just work not only on the aspect of basketball but also on the mind set on how to play the fourth quarter to close out games,” after his wards only made 13 points inside the last 10 minutes, furthermore, going scoreless in the last 4:10 of the ball game.

It was a see-saw battle at the beginning of the match that had six lead changes and a deadlock in the first period. The Green Archers created a separation in the last three and a half minutes of the opening canto, leading to nine unanswered points to finish ahead 21-12 by the quarter break.

The Green Archers’ lead swelled to as much as 17 points courtesy of a six-point surge by guard Almond Vosotros. From that point, UST became more aggressive in attacking the La Salle defense. Their inside incursions were rewarded with 10 free throws, all but one of those was made to cut into the Green Archers’ advantage down to eight at halftime.

A well-rehearsed Salinggawi and Yellow Jackets halftime performance seemed to have galvanized UST who found themselves under La Salle’s nose at one point of the third quarter. Back-to-back treys from Jeric Teng and Clark Bautista placed the Tigers within a possession from regaining the lead, 43-44.

In response, Arnold Van Opstal took over after the Green Archers called time. Van Opstal scored four points while issuing an assist to Jason Perkins, who drained a wide-open shot down the low post to bring La Salle’s lead to 7 points, 50-43 with less than five minutes left in the third period. An LA Revilla jumper, Almond Vosotros three, and another Norbert Torres inside basket increased La Salle’s lead to 12 points, 57-45 which made Coach Pido Jarencio push the time out button with 3:11 left still in the third period.

UST mustered a 6-2 run before things got heated up in the middle of the court. Ferrer did not escape punishment as he was seen doing deliberate actions on Norbert Torres on the video replay. The former UAAP Juniors’ MVP was consequently slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul. Norbert Torres made both free throws and stretched La Salle’s lead back to double digits by completing a three-point play on the accompanying possession. Jeric Teng and Perkins exchanged baskets to end the quarter with La Salle ahead by 11 at 64-53.

The winner-take-all match is set to take place in the Mall of Asia Arena on October 12, Saturday, at 3:30 PM.

The scores:

DLSU (77) —Teng 19, N. Torres, van Opstal 13, Vosotros 11, Revilla 9, Perkins 7, T. Torres 2

UST (70) —Teng 28, Abdul 13, Mariano 9, Sheriff 6, Ferrer 6, Bautista 6, Lo 2, Pe 0, Daquioag 0

Quarter scores: 21-12, 41-33, 64-53, 77-70.

Lady Archers fend off Lady Bulldogs to capture UAAP 76 title

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Behind a furious third quarter run, the De La Salle University Lady Archers claimed their first UAAP women’s basketball championship in eleven years as they defeated the National University Lady Bulldogs, 69-61, Saturday morning at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. The Lady Archers were led by Mythical Five member Ara Abaca who tallied 16 points while Finals MVP Trisha Piatos also poured in 15 markers as all of the 10 players that Coach Tyrone Bautista fielded were able to contribute at least two points each—a fitting way to end their UAAP season.

With the first half tightly-contested, La Salle banked on Ara Abaca’s perimeter game, along with Alyanna Ong’s inside baskets that resulted to a 13-7 run, putting the Archers ahead by seven, 43-36 before NU Coach Pat Aquino called for a breather. The Lady Bulldogs came close to within five at 45-40 with 2:44 left in the third period but an 8-0 run towards the end capped by an Inna Corcuera post move widened the gap to 13 points at 53-40 in favour of the Lady Archers.

The Lady Archers continued their torrid scoring pace in the final period with Ara Abaca converting on a jumper, Cass Santos scoring valiantly on a scrambling putback against two NU players, and Trisha Piatos converting her third triple in the game to give the Lady Archers their biggest lead of the game at 17 points, 62-45 with 6:05 left in the fourth period. _JGF6233

But as the Lady Archers thought it was all over, the Lady Bulldogs mounted a final run that saw them trail by just 9 points at 62-53 with 2:38 to go in the game. Most of NU’s points though came as a result of the Lady Archers getting into penalty situation early in the fourth quarter. NU was awarded with 20 free throws attempts with DLSU called for 13 fouls in the process. Unfortunately, the Lady Bulldogs were just able to convert 11 out of the 20 free throws given to them in regulation.

Trisha Piatos broke the four-minute cold spell of the Lady Archers with a corner jumper, pushing La Salle’s lead to 11 points, 64-53 going into the final two minutes of the game. But the Lady Archers’ inability to get a good inbounds pass coupled with ball handling turnovers resulted to multiple scoring opportunities for the Lady Bulldogs. Risa Paig scored five points all from the charity stripe while Afril Bernardino converted a lay-up off a fastbreak to cut DLSU’s lead to 4 points at 64-60 with 1:25 left in the ball game.

Coach Tyrone Bautista sued for time. The Lady Bulldogs got their opportunities but were not able to capitalize. Ara Abaca and Camille Claro split their charities to push La Salle’s lead, 67-60 with 9 seconds left. After an empty, last-ditch attack for the Bulldogs, Abaca tapped the ball forward to an unchallenged Piatos who then passed the ball to graduating player Camille Ramos to cap off a memorable victory with a buzzer-beating lay-up.

“I really feel great. We’ve worked hard for this. It took a long time coming. There were many ups and downs along the way. I will take this anytime,” told Bautista of the remarkable triumph. He furthered, “They [NU Lady Bulldogs] are most probably the talented team. They won’t be number one for nothing. They dominated the pre-season so we were really facing a strong team. [But I think] we’re hungrier.”

“I don’t want to think about redemption. I think the season was more about working hard. You will always be rewarded when you work hard“, the mentor ended with a smile on his face.

The scores:
DLSU (69) – Abaca 16, Piatos 15, Corcuera 10, A. Ong 8, Santos 5, Claro 5, Melendres 4, Ramos 2, M. Ong 2, Garcia 2

NU (61) – Paig 21, Bernardino 16, Abriam 7, Tongco 6, Gupilan 6, Bonleon 4, Escoto 1, Sison 0, Seno 0, Antiquera 0

Quarter scores: 15-13, 30-29, 53-40, 69-61

Lady Judokas bag maiden title, Green Judokas stay at third place

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It was a day of fierce battles, powerful cheers, and tears of joy.

Defying the odds stacked against them, the DLSU Lady Judokas blasted their way through the top of the podium as they took the gold while the Green Judokas yet again settled for third placefor the third straight year in the recently concluded UAAP Season 76 Judo Tournament held last September 28 and 29 at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila University.

Making History

Forever etched in the history books of the La Salle sports community, it will always be remembered by the DLSU Judo team as it was the day it won its first UAAP Judo title.

Pushed to the brink of tears, a highly strengthened Lady Judokas squad, along with the cheers of the Animo Squad and an energized Lasallian crowd, gave everything they had and gained the honor of being the first Lasallian Judo team to bag the school’s first ever Judo championship.

Co-captain Marjorie Santiago, Justine Pongase and Nikki More contributed three gold medals. The medal run, however, did not end there as team captain Mariel Santiago and Kristine Espinas nabbed a silver medal and Kat Valencia won a bronze medal.

“It’s the best thing a captain can receive on their last UAAP playing year. I am so very proud of each and every one of the girls in our team. Each member did their best not just for themselves, but for the overall championship,” said team captain Santiago.

Furthermore, La Salle got another blessing as Lady Judoka Nikki More was hailed MVP.

“I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions! A bit shocked because I never imagined that I’d end up bagging that gold and that MVP title, especially during my last playing year,” shared More.

Another third place finish

For the third straight year since Season 74, the Green Judokas once again landed   as third place. In addition, the team garnered a total of two gold medals coming from team captain BG Albarracin and co-captain Mickey Regala. Kyle Kapunan and William Chia landed silver medals while Kiel Batocabe had a bronze medal.  DSC_0129

Reaping the Rewards

Changing to a stricter and more demanding training regimen, Lady Judoka Freesia Hernandez shared that all the sleepless nights, all the sweat shed, and all of the pain they had to endure was well worth it after the successful run this year. She further commented that the success of her seniors as well as their hardship has strengthened the team’s resolve.

An emotional Samson Bernales, Coach of the Green and the Lady Judokas, also commented on the team’s success as being the result of hardwork, dedication, and heart, saying “Hindi mo talaga kaya makahanap ng mga magagaling kaagad na players, masaya ako na makita na lahat ng sacrifice ko ay may nagawa para sa kanila at hindi nasayang”.

One team, One Heart: DLSU Animo Squad goes all out in UAAP CDC Season 76

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Showcasing an impeccable military-themed routine, the DLSU Animo Squad captured a 2nd runner up podium finish in the 2013 UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) last September 15 held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  The Animo “Armed Forces” squad amassed 596.5 points and brought home P140, 000 as cash prize.  Three-time defending champion UP Pep squad slid down to 1st runner-up as they surrendered their crown to the NU Pep Squad.

The strong passion of every Animo Squad member has made them overcome all the challenges thrown in front of them, which included four months of strenuous training, hard work, and sacrifice in preparation for the most awaited event.  It was indeed tough, but with teamwork and heart, everything became possible.

“The value that I got from my senior was that we had to push ourselves to the limit.  Dapat laban parati.  We always have to use our hearts especially when we do things that we really love,” said Marj Mendoza (I, BS-ADV), a rookie in the team who competed for group stunts division.

Another source of strength for the squad was the support of the coaching staff, other pep members, and the administration.  Rhufa Rosario, the coach of the UAAP CDC routine, mentioned that there were a lot of people who were willing to help the DLSU Animo Squad, specifically the so-called “Rhufa’s Angels” who voluntarily worked on the best they can for the overall success of the routine.

The Taft-based squad executed a stronger routine with improved gymnastics, dance, and stunts to make up for all their lapses in the last UAAP CDC in 2012.  Additions of few rookies were definitely of a big help to the squad.

Seniors who were bound to graduate this year were very happy to leave the squad because they knew they have passed on the values to the remaining members and they will leave the squad in good hands.

“Keep fighting, keep improving, keep challenging themselves to become better than what we have achieved (3rd place), and to do more than what is expected from them,” an inspiring message of Natasha Mendoza (IV, BS-MKT) for the team, who is a senior member and a monster gymnast.

Continuing this kind of mindset to achieve a common goal, the DLSU Animo Squad for sure will not rest on its laurels in hunt for their first-ever UAAP Cheerdance Competition championship.  More importantly, aside from bringing home the championship, is to continue giving glory to the whole De La Salle community.

Green Archers pip Bulldogs to earn share of top spot

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The DLSU Green Archers collected their sixth straight win after halting the equally surging NU Bulldogs, 57-55, last September 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The win places the Green Archers together with the Bulldogs and idle FEU Tamaraws as all three teams hold identical 9-4 win-loss cards.

Jeron Teng carried his team in the last two minutes of the game by scoring six of La Salle’s last seven points. The sophomore wingman summed up the night with 21 points alongside 7 rebounds and a lone steal.

Hefty forward Jason Perkins also came up big as he accomplished another double-double output with 18 points and 10 rebounds complemented with three assists.

After leading by three at the start of the fourth, NU tallied five unanswered points in the early bearings of the period to stretch their lead to eight.

Down 50-53 on the 1:36 mark of the fourth period, La Salle inched closer through Teng’s two free throw conversions after being fouled by Dennice Villamor as he was attacking the basket.  A good defensive sequence after, Teng once again returned to the line and converted both his freebies after being fouled by Alolino this time around.  The former Xavier Stallion’s free throw conversions finally put the Green Archers ahead, 54-53.  _JGF3252

NU Coach Eric Altamirano then gathered his troops, calling a timeout, which resulted to a well-executed play which had Bobby Ray Parks roll past the La Salle defense to convert on a left-handed layup off a hand-off from center Emmanuel Mbe to reclaim the lead at 55-54.

It was DLSU Coach Juno Sauler’s turn to sue for time as he set up a play that will put the Archers’ noses in front once more. The plan bore fruit as Teng sealed a putback off his own miss, outmuscling Villamor inside the paint for the offensive rebound and subsequently, putting DLSU ahead, 56-55. NU called for their last timeout but it failed to materialize any favourable outcome for the Bulldogs.

Bobby Ray Parks missed a contested jumper courtesy of Jeron Teng’s defensive effort while Dennice Villamor hit the side board after Arnold Van Opstal flying over to change his shot attempt in the process.  The tap went to Revilla who was fouled and split his free throws with 12 seconds to go.  This left room for NU to send the game to overtime, or possibly even deal La Salle a defeat. Parks launched another contested long two, but ended up being an airball straight to Vosotros as time expired.

Sauler credited his boys who stayed focused, particularly in end-game situations. “After the first round, I just told them—because of the games that we’ve experienced in the first round—to be mentally tougher.”

Yet, the first year mentor still sees some room for adjustment coming into the Green Archers’ last game on Saturday versus UST. “In the first half, I stressed [to the team] that we gave up 22 points combined in second chance and turnover [points],” said Sauler who also praised his boys for only conceding two points off second chance opportunities in the second half. In addition, Sauler is also hoping his boys to play consistently good on offense after a poor 31% clip in the first half found his team down by half a dozen.

The Green Archers actually started quickly as they scored the first four points inside the game’s first two minutes. The Bulldogs then showed its renowned form, putting up a 14-6 sequence that was capped off by back-to-back treys of Parks and Jeoffrey Javillonar to give NU a four-point lead at the end of the first period. Both teams then upped the tempo in the succeeding quarter as the two competing sides virtually answered each other. Nonetheless, NU was able to extend its lead, 31-25 going into the halftime break. La Salle tied the game early in the third, even taking the lead at 42-41, courtesy of Perkins’ pull-up jumper. Still, the Bulldogs dotted the third with a precarious three-point lead.

The scores:

DLSU (57)- Teng 21, Perkins 18, Revilla 6, van Opstal 5, Salem 3, Vosotros 2, Reyes 2, N. Torres 0, T. Torres 0, Montalbo 0, De La Paz 0, Bolick 0.

NU (55) – Parks 19, Alolino 15, Villamor 7, Javillonar 5, Mbe 4, Rosario 3, Neypes 2, Rono 0, Khobuntin 0, Javelona 0, Alejandro 0.

Quarter scores: 10-14, 25-31, 42-45, 57-55.

Green Archers bury rivals Ateneo with late run, clinch solo third

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In a game that was dominated by the opponents for the first three quarters, the De La Salle Green Archers outscored the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 20-15, in the pay-off period to finish the game with another victory, 66-64, last September 1 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. The result makes it four for four for the Green Archers in the second round, who are now in third place overall in the standings with a 7-4 win-loss record in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Pounding in most of La Salle’s points are rookie big man Jason Perkins, and backcourt snipers Almond Vosotros and LA Revilla who combined for 43 of the team’s 66 points. The tremendous trio also led the team in rebounds as Perkins corralled 15, while Revilla grabbed seven and Vosotros adding six more.

Yet it was, for the second straight season, Jeron Teng took the end-game heroics when he delivered the game-winning bucket for the green and white. With 14.5 seconds left, the sophomore forward received the ball off the inbound pass. He then took his time on penetrating the defense of Atenean Chris Newsome before twirling past the defender and launching a mid-range jumper that erupted the celebration and cheers of the green-clad audience. Teng’s shot was reminiscent of last season’s clutch basket against UST in the second round. Ateneo still had 1.9 seconds to work with but with no timeouts left; the Blue Eagles could only hope that Kiefer Ravena’s last second desperation full-court heave would miraculously go in.

Before the final period, the Green Archers were limited to a measly 46 points by their rivals who failed to make a huge lead in all of the quarter breaks despite holding an advantage that grew as big as seven in a couple of instances in the first half. _JGF2177

Former Green Archer Nico Elorde made things difficult for his former team in the first half. Elorde unleashed 10 of his 13 points in the first half—including two booming triples that pulled Ateneo away for a while. Juami Tiongson and Ravena also chipped in a total of 26 points to assert the Atenean dominance on the backcourt.

On the 1:59 mark of the second quarter, Ravena’s split from the line gave Ateneo a comfortable 33-24 lead. With the halftime break looming, La Salle pulled a 7-0 run that was capped off by Vosotros’ buzzer beating triple to trim the deficit to two, 31-33.

Come third quarter, the Green Archers were put on the back foot once again when Ateneo mustered an 11-7 run that extended the Blue Eagles’ lead to six. Like in the second quarter, La Salle was able to reduce the gap in the end of the third. This time, it was forward Matt Salem who hit a mid-range jumper to bring the Green Archers within three before the start of the payoff period.

The Green Archers then staged a 9-0 rally led by Vosotros in response to the momentum-boosting acrobatic triple by Ravena midway into the fourth period to turn the tables around and give La Salle a 57-53 edge. Ateneo mentor Bo Perasol called for a breather which produced a 6-4 counter-run that narrowed the lead with 2:24 to go. Dry spells for both sides followed within the next 84 seconds, and was broken by a technical foul slapped on Perasol for storming the court in resentment of a non-call. It was known that the former Powerade Tigers’ head coach was unhappy with a Ravena reach-in foul on Perkins that the referee awarded prior to the technical foul awarded to him.

Vosotros made him pay as he coolly sank both technical foul free throws to pad La Salle’s lead to four, 63-59. Unfortunately, the Green Archers turned the ball over and which paved way for Blue Eagle veteran Ryan Buenafe to sink a booming triple to cut the Archers’ lead to one, 63-62.  Teng took over and was fouled on the way to the basket by Buenafe. The ex-Xavier Stallion made a familiar split that opened the door for Ateneo to tie or take the lead. On the succeeding possession, Ravena drove past the La Salle defense and was able to level the score with a tough jumper to set up a historic moment for his off-court buddy Teng.

“I think everyone saw it. (We) just had to get the ball to Jeron. I told him to make a good decision. If he gets doubled, he knows where the other guys would be. He made a good read there.  He wasn’t doubled teamed, so he just made the basket,” discussed DLSU coach Juno Sauler on the orchestrated last play.

He also emphasized the need to maintain focus “Every game is important. Four straight wins doesn’t matter, what’s important is the game at hand for us to get the momentum.”

The next game of the Green Archers will be against the skidding UE Red Warriors. La Salle is seeking redemption after being eked out by UE, 85-83, in the first round meeting of the two teams last July 13, 2013. A team without two of its impact players Charles Mammie and Ralf Olivares due to suspension, UE still poses a threat to La Salle who would be eyeing for a fifth straight win and get a step closer to reaching another year in the Final Four. Also, point guard Thomas Torres returns to the rotation pool after sitting out this game against Ateneo following a suspension meted out on him in the team’s previous game against UP.

 

The scores:

DLSU (66) – Vosotros 19, Perkins 13, Revilla 11, Teng 8, N. Torres 6, van Opstal 4, Montalbo 3, Salem 2, Tampus 0, Reyes 0, De La Paz 0, Bolick 0.

ADMU (64) – Tiongson 14, Elorde 13, Ravena 12, Buenafe 9, Newsome 8, Pessumal 4, Golla 2, Erram 2, Tolentino 0, Enriquez 0, Capacio 0.

Quarter scores: 13-16, 31-33, 46-49, 66-64.