Green Archers rout Fighting Maroons to notch first win


_JGF1271The Green Archers recovered from their opening-day loss against UST with a dominating 96-84 victory against the rigid UP Fighting Maroons last July 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Jason Perkins scored 20 points, eight of which were in the last three minutes of the game that sealed the deal against the opposition. In addition, the Minnesota native also grabbed  ???

Furthermore, Jeron Teng notched 20 points while Almond Vosotros cashed in 15 points, nine of which coming from beyond the arc.

“Thankfully we got this win. We got our confidence back (before) coming to Ateneo game. Hopefully, we can sustain it,” remarked Teng.

The Green Archers were up by eight at the start of the last period. With the Maroons cutting the lead to four with a 7-3 stretch, the Archers answered back with their own run to take an 88-77 lead with only 4:27 left.

Former Green Archer Joseph Marata, who scored 21 points, tried to push the Fighting Maroons back in the game with his fifth triple made but Perkins slammed the door shut for good with his timely put-back shots. _JGF1301

In this game, the team shot 47.5% from the field and dominated the rebounding battle by a whopping 51-32 advantage.  They moved the ball better with 21 assists to UP’s 11. Errors were minimized this time around with only 14 turnovers compared to last Saturday’s 24.

La Salle also made the most out of opportunities by converting 18 points off UP’s turnovers and 13 second chance points out of 18 offensive rebounds.

“Perhaps we’re still getting used to the new system with Coach Juno (Sauler) and he emphasized (more) on our fastbreak [plays],” Teng noted after the game..

Up next for the Green Archers will be a familiar foe, archrival Ateneo Blue Eagles, this coming Sunday, 3:30pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

DLSU (96) – Teng 20, Perkins 20, Vosotros 15, N. Torres 14, T. Torres 14, De La Paz 7, Van Opstal 6, Bolick 0.

UP (84) – Marata 21, Lao 18, Asilum 12, Suarez 9, Ball 8, Soyud 5, Pascual 3, Ligad 3, Gallarza 3, Desiderio 2, Wong 0, Amar 0.

Quarter scores: 24-19, 48-44, 75-67, 96-84.

Untimely meltdown dooms La Salle in overtime loss against FEU

By David Escueta



They almost had it, but they couldn’t close it out.

The Green Archers blew a 13-point lead with 2:30 left in regulation leading to a tough 84-79 overtime setback against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws last July 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Jeron Teng had a double-double performance with 25 points and 15 rebounds while Arnold Van Opstal followed up with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Furthermore, Jason Perkins cashed in 10 points and grabbed 12 boards.

On the other hand, Terrence Romeo led the Tamaraws with 25 points and five assists while RR Garcia added 19 points and three assists.

Asked whether it was a major collapse in the part of the Green Archers, Coach Juno Sauler replied, “It was really a major collapse for us, we just have to learn how to close it out. We missed shots and they made it, that’s basketball.”

In the overtime period, Van Opstal opened the scoring for the Green Archers, making it 77-75, but RR Garcia countered back by scoring four straight points for FEU, giving the lead back to their side, 79-78. Teng had the chance to give DLSU an edge in the overtime period with 4 free throw attempts, but only made one.

The Green Archers had one last chance to even things up with 15 seconds to play, but the stingy defense from FEU derailed the Archers chances for winning leading to their 84-79 defeat. _JGF1899

This loss gives La Salle a 2-2 record in standings, good for fifth place.

Thomas Torres scored four straight points to mark the start of the final quarter which were followed by two three point baskets from Almond Vosotros and Luigi De La Paz, blowing the game open for the Green Archers, 68-56 with over 5 minutes left in regulation.

La Salle was already nearing the finish line when they extended their lead to 13 with 2:38 left in the game but Romeo banked in two crucial three pointers to cut the lead to 9 with 2 minutes left to play. The Green Archers could not find an answer as they went scoreless in the last minutes as their big lead slowly vanished with timely baskets from the Tamaraws.

Vosotros had the chance to ice the game with two crucial free throws that would have extended the lead to four, but he failed to capitalize on both. This led to another lay up for Mark Belo which notched the game up at 75 apiece. With 12 seconds left, Teng had the chance to win it for DLSU, but his jumper near the paint failed to trickle in and the game was sent into overtime.

Up next for the Green Archers will be Roi Sumang and the University of the East Red Warriors this coming July 20, 2 pm, at the Mall of Asia Arena.


DLSU (79) – Teng 25, Van Opstal 20, Perkins 10, De La Paz 9, Vosotros 8, T. Torres 4, Revilla 3, N. Torres 0, Tampus 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Bolick 0.

FEU (84) – Romeo 25, Garcia 19, Belo 10, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 9, Hargrove 4, Cruz 4, Mendoza 2, Jose 1, Sentcheu 0.

Quarter scores: 21-17, 34-35, 58-54, 75-75, 79-83.




Lady Archers escape Adamson via overtime win


Despite scoring only two points in the second quarter, the Lady Archers squeak out with a narrow 45-42 win over the Adamson Soaring Lady Falcons last July 11 at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila University.

Cass Santos led La Salle with eight points and 12 rebounds while Ara Abaca had seven points, 17 rebounds and four assists.

On the other hand, Analie Tiongco led Adamson with 13 points and three assists while Janille De Castro had nine points and 19 boards.

“We settled too much for the lower percentage shots but at the end of the day, what held the game for us was our defense and that’s always been our staple.  For us to be able to go to the next level, I think we have to work on our offense more,” said head coach Tyrone Bautista after the game.

Entering into the extra period, the Lady Archers continued to struggle to put points up in the board.

Sensing the urgency to win the game, Trisha Piatos banked in a crucial outside shot leading to a 40-37 lead but Taller would answer back with a jumper of her own to trim the La Salle lead to 40-39.

With the Falcons making one last push, Camille Ramos came up big in crunch time after cashing in a jumper at the 2:34 mark and another killer layup with 14.6 seconds left in overtime. Abaca would put the icing on the cake after splitting her charities for a 45-43 lead. _JGF1797

After the game, Coach Bautista praised his team for their fight and never giving up despite their poor performance, saying, “That’s always been the character of this team, they just won’t give up.”

Entering into the fourth quarter facing a 20-23 deficit, the Lady Archers made the necessary baskets just in time to catch up in the game. Piatos’ triple along with some timely makes from Miller and Alyana Ong gave La Salle a slim 27-26 lead.

Adamson would then counter with an 8-2 run to bury La Salle with a 29-34 deficit at the 4:13 mark. With the game still within everyone’s reach, La Salle came back with 8 unanswered points which led to an all-37 knot to end the 4th quarter.

“Even though we were struggling so bad, they kept on playing. Luckily, we were able to have enough time to win the game,” added Bautista.

The Lady Archers will face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons this coming July 14, 12 noon, at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

The scores:

DLSU (45) – Santos 8, Abaca 7, Ramos 6, Piatos 6, Claro 4, Vergara 3, Scott 3, M. Ong 2, A. Ong 2, Melendrez 2, Garcia 2, Revillosa 0, Corcuera 0.

AdU (43) – Tiongco 13, De Castro 9, Cochico 7, Garrido 6, Mateo 3, Balasta 3, Avila 2, Taller 0, Quingco 0, Ong 0, Lozano 0, Amper 0.

Quarter scores: 10-4, 12-12, 20-23, 37-37, 45-43.

Rookie Diaries: Matt Salem



“It’s a privilege. It feels really good. This is the biggest school as I heard besides Ateneo (de Manila University) and I’d rather come here,” says Matt Salem about being part of the La Salle Community.


After receiving the green light for his eligibility, the Filipino-American rookie is all set and ready for this UAAP Season.



A young takeoff


Salem got involved in playing basketball when was 16 years old and was just starting his high school life. The sweet shooting forward was easily able to adapt to the sport with his consistent practice in the court.


Just like any aspiring basketball players, Salem also looks up to the pros. For him, it is LeBron James of the Miami Heat that he idolizes the most.


“I like Lebron because he plays well and he is also a capable role player,” Salem explained.


After his short stint during the recently concluded pre-season tournament, Salem will see an increased role this season due to the void left by the injured Yutien Andrada.


When asked how he plans to fill the role he humbly responded, “Yutien’s spot is a big role. It’s not just me; it’s the whole team because he’s special and he’s part of it. It’s hard to just take his place. So it will be all of us not just me.”


Embracing the team


Being a rookie, he thinks that the team’s struggle is their mindset and he hopes to turn the tables around in that department.


“In order to bring that positive aspect to the team, we definitely need a positive attitude if we want to win games,” Salem added.


As the season unfolds, expect the young forward to bring out his best on both ends of the court.


“I’ll just play my role in helping this team and we’ll win some (games) hopefully,” Salem concluded.








Lady Archers shoot down Lady Eagles to jumpstart season


It was a nice start to another grueling season of hoops action.

Spacing the floor with their stingy defense all-game long, the Lady Archers blasted the Ateneo Lady Eagles with a dominating 54-38 win last July 4 to open their UAAP Season at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila University.

FilOil Preseason Cup Finals MVP Ara Abaca led the way for La Salle with an all-around performance of 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals while Inna Corcuera complemented it with a double-double outing of 11 markers and 11 boards._JGF1423

“We created a lot of turnovers for the other team (because) naconvert naman namin ‘yun and doon, nagpickup na yung game but we still have a lot of room for improvement,” praised head coach Tyrone Bautista after the game.

On the other hand, Cara Buendia led Ateneo with 11 points and 4 rebounds while Kat Nuñez followed up with 9 points and 4 assists.

Entering the fourth quarter facing a 33-36 deficit, the Lady Archers were able to turn the tables around in their favor by holding down the opposition to only 2 points made. Alyanna Vergara’s three-point play sparked a huge 19-2 run which was too much for Ateneo to handle.

With the victory at hand thanks to numerous fastbreak points, Miller Ong’s three-pointer from the top of the key placed the exclamation point with 1:22 left in regulation for a 54-38 finish.

“We thrive on our running game (and) easy baskets,” coach Bautista added.

Up next for La Salle will be the UST Tigresses this coming Sunday, 10:30 am, at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

“It’s going to be tough because UST is an intact team also and we expect a grind-it-out game against them. As long as we stay disciplined sa defense namin and as we follow the gameplan, I think we’re going to be fine,” coach Bautista ended.

The scores:

DLSU (54) – Abaca 12, Piatos 11, Corcuera 11, Santos 9, M. Ong 5, Vergara 4, Melendres 2, Scott 0, Revillosa 0, Ramos 0, A. Ong 0, Gonzales 0, Garcia 0, Claro 0.

ADMU (38) – Buendia 11, Nuñez 9, Uy De Ong 8, Jose 5, Posadas 2, Javier 2, Aseron 1, Veloso 0, Tantoco 0, Limcaoco 0, Bo-ot 0, Belarmino 0.

Quarter scores: 8-12, 25-19, 33-36, 54-38.


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.

Scoring did not come easy for both teams in the first period. The Green Archers took a slim 12-10 lead with a basket from Teng to partially separate the two teams. _JGF1074

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.

The scores:

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.