Vergara scores brace as Green Booters return to winning column

After struggling to find their groove into the second round, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters return to the winning column after frustrating the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, 4-2, on Sunday at the FEU Fern Diliman.

Rookie John Rhey Lagura, who suffered from an injury back in the first round, got the chance to play again after getting inserted in the starting lineup of the Green Booters.

Adamson drew first blood as Pilarca maximized the opportunity to score a goal coming from a corner kick. However, just before the end of the half, Mateo Alegre managed to put up a game-changing equalizer to restore the morale of his team.

La Salle banked on an improved passing as the Green Booters were able to connect more in the second half. Lagura had a “welcome back” game after contributing a goal for his squad at the 63rd minute. Consistent scorer Shanden Vergara followed it up with another brace for the Green and White at the 67th and 69th minute. The Taft-based squad were up, 4-1, before Adamson converted a late goal for a final score of 4-2.

“Kailangan namin manalo kasi three games na kami hindi pa nananalo,” Vergara said. “We needed to win because crucial na and kailangan namin maging consistent as we move towards the end of eliminations.”

The Green Booters improved to 5-1-5 for 16 points as they hang on to their fourth place standing.

Head coach Alvin Ocampo, however, was not the most satisfied as he demands consistency from his team as they inch closer to the end of the eliminations. “We have to be consistent. We have to do better than our results during the first round.”

Ocampo emphasized that his team can score as early as the first half, and they do not have to wait for the second half to convert goals. “Kung kaya naman nila magtrabaho ng first half, then gawin na nila para makahinga ng konti ang team at para makalaro lahat ng players for their exposure, lalo na we are a very young team.”

The DLSU Green Booters will face their first round tormentors, the UE Red Warriors on Thursday, April 11, 9 AM at the same venue.

Green Tennisters snap losing skid with rout of winless Adamson

Co-written by: Genrev Josiah Villamin
Photo by: Dara Evangelista

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters returned to the win column in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournaments last Sunday, March 17, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Green Tennisters vs UE

Prior to their match on Sunday, the Green Tennisters fell to 1-7 after suffering their fifth straight defeat at the hands of the UE Red Warriors, 2-3, last Saturday, March 16.

Jonah Cano started the day off for the Green and White with a tough battle against RJ Saga of UE. The first set proved to be too much for the veteran as Saga won, 6-2. The second set spark some glimpses of hope, but Cano fell short, 4-6.

The pair of Raprap Teng and Jose Miguel Gran were unable to get a win as UE’s duo of Jeric Delos Santos and Justine Guira swept them, 6-1, 6-2.

Veteran Al Andrade faced Ranz Javier and gave the Green and White their first victory of the day, 6-0, 6-1.

The second doubles match, however, was no different story from the first. King Golfo and Rey Mayo succumbed to Ryle Singson and Harry Karon. The UE Red Warrior pair won the match, 6-2, 6-3, to seal the win for the Recto-based squad.

Nonetheless, Betto Orendain earned another win for the Taft-based squad to cap the day. The Green Tennisters’ team captain torched Mark Marquez, 6-1, 6-3.

Green Tennisters vs ADU

The Green Tennisters looked to bounce back and they did so, after keeping the Adamson Soaring Falcons winless in the competition. The Green and White brigade proved their worth, winning four of the five matches in the game.

Orendain asserted his dominance against Angelo Manlangit in the first singles. He toppled the Soaring Falcon in two sweeping sets, 6-0, 6-0.

But, Adamson bounced back quickly in the first doubles. Teng and Golfo succumbed to Jezzi Chiong and Ken Dela Cruz, also in straight sets, 3-6, 6-7.

That proved to be their lone win of the game as La Salle’s JR Arguelles picked up a great win against Samuel Nillasca, 6-3, 6-2.

The Green Tennisters continued their streak in the second doubles after Cano and Gran routed Chad Galindo and Jeffrey Burgos, 6-1, 7-6.

Andrade capped the day for La Salle after trouncing Jemar Sanchez in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (2-7) will face their rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles (6-2) next Saturday, March 23, 8 AM at the same venue.

Green Batters claim fulfilling win against Season 80 tormentors, Adamson

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters went face-to-face with the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons for the first time in the UAAP Season 81 Baseball Tournament.

Eager to exact revenge from their bitter loss during the two-game UAAP Season 80 Finals, the Green Batters demolished the Soaring Falcons, 10-2, earlier today, March 3, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The defending champions opened the scoring for both teams with a double to take an early 1-0 lead at the bottom of the first inning. La Salle’s Pineda narrowly made it to the first base courtesy of an Evangelista single, but was brought out eventually. On the defensive end, Luis Miñana easily struck out Maigue to retain the score.

At the top of the third inning, team captain Iggy Escaño and veteran Boo Barandiaran hit singles to occupy the first and second bases, respectively. UAAP MVP Kiko Gesmundo scored an RBI that brought Barandiaran home and put La Salle on board. Pineda followed with an RBI to transport Escaño and give the lead to the Green Batters, 2-1. Miñana secured a second strikeout against Adamson’s Riparip, ending the third inning with the Green Batters in the lead.

Adamson answered during the bottom of the fourth inning with one point, tying the game at 2-2. However, things heated up during the fifth inning as Diego Lozano began with a single which became a double as a fielder dropped the ball. Barandiaran’s swing turned into an impressive two-run homer, bringing him and Lozano home, and pushing La Salle’s lead to two, 4-2. Then, Escaño hit a single and forced an Adamson error to secure the second base as Pineda followed with a walk. Rosas’ hit sent Escaño home as their team did not allow any players from the opposition to add to their score. At the tail of the fifth inning, the Green Batters led, 5-2.

The Green Batters’ performance reached its peak in the sixth inning as Evangelista scored a single before stealing a double. Salud notched one far to push him to a base, while an RBI for Evangelista extended La Salle’s lead, 6-2. The Green Batters’ domination did not end there as Lozano scored a double with RBI, bringing Salud home and stealing third base.

Escaño got a ground rule double to Lozano to further bury the defending champions, 2-8. Moreover, Gesmundo’s hit brought Escaño home. After Pineda’s single, Rosas earned a single with RBI landing Gesmundo home. Their plays on both the offensive and defensive sides paid off, leaving Adamson with no chance to score as the sixth inning ended with a commanding 10-2 Green Batters lead.

La Salle held on to their lead up to the final inning of the game to secure the victory.

The DLSU Green Batters (3-2) ended the first round with a bounceback win following their back-to-back losses against Ateneo and UST.

Melecio puts on a show anew as Green Archers outlast Soaring Falcons in OT

After a disappointing loss at the hands of bitter rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles, the De La Salle Green Archers bounced back to close out the first round on a high note.

The Taft squad took down the league-leading Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 79-78, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena, Saturday.

DLSU once again leaned on the heroics of spitfire point guard Aljun Melecio who posted 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 35 minutes of play.

The frontcourt duo of Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar also made an impact on both ends of the floor with the former adding 16 points and nine rebounds, while the latter chipped in a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards for La Salle.

La Salle came into the first quarter with guns blazing as they built a 20-11 lead late in the opening period. Adamson finally got its feet wet, rallying back to cut the deficit to 16 to end the first.

The Green Archers tightened up their defense in the second frame. They contained the Soaring Falcons to just 1/10 shooting from beyond the arc with over 6 minutes still to go in the quarter as they stretched the lead to 10.  However, Jerrick Ahanmisi put AdU on his back. The hot-shooting guard scored the last 10 points of the San Marcelino-based crew to trail by just one at halftime, 33-32.

It was a game of runs in the second half. Both teams refused to let go as they exchange rallies from one point to another. The Archers and the Falcons found themselves all knotted at 49 at the end of the third canto.

Adamson looked like it would finally pull away as Ahanmisi gave his team a 58-51 lead midway through the fourth period. La Salle, though, had other ideas in mind, countering with a run of their own capped off by a floater from Melecio to tie the game at 64 that eventually sent the game into overtime.

The boys in green showed their experience as they left AdU in the dust, 73-64 with 2:08 left. It was not all over for Coach Franz Pumaren and his wards. The Falcons still had a lot left in them with Sean Manganti drilling a long bomb to cap off another run by Adamson, cutting the DLSU edge, 77-75, 10 ticks remaining in the game.

Fortunately for La Salle, time was on its side as they chalked win no. 4 against to 3 losses to hold solo 4th place. On the other hand, Adamson gained a 5-2 card tying Ateneo and at first.

Ahanmisi led the Falcons with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Manganti tallied 23 points, seven boards and four assists.

AdU dominated DLSU on offensive rebounding, 26-9, that resulted in 14 second-chance points against La Salle’s 4.

The Green and White made 24 of 41 free throws, while Adamson only had eight in 15 attempts from the stripe.

Box scores:

DLSU 79 – Melecio 22, Santillan 16, Baltazar 16, Caracut 8, Montalbo 8, Serrano 5, Bates 2, Manuel 2, Dyke 0, Go 0.

AdU 78 – Ahanmisi 27, Manganti 23, Sarr 9, Catapusan 5, Camacho 4, Lastimosa 3, Bernardo 2, Colonia 2, Espeleta 2, Magbuhos 1, Mojica 0, Pingoy 0.

Quarter scores: 22-16, 33-32, 49-49, 64-64, 79-78 (OT).


Claro returns as Lady Archers shoot down Lady Falcons to start UAAP campaign

The De La Salle University Lady Archers overpowered the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 72-57, in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Blue Eagles Gym, Sunday.

La Salle started the season on a high note after a disappointing performance the previous year. Camille Claro, who missed the entire season 79 due to an ACL injury, came back with the Lady Archers and immediately made an impact leadership-wise for the Green side.

“We want to start the tournament with a win so to build up confidence coming into our next games so it’s a very good win for us, especially Adamson. I think (Adamson) is one of the top teams here in the UAAP so it’s a good confidence booster for us.” Coach Cholo Villanueva said.

Claro only had seven points, an assist and two rebounds but the veteran experience she has spread on her teammates was evident as the team notched its first win.

“Camille’s our core general so she dictates everything for us on offense and on defense so having her inside, having that veteran presence gives me another extension na I think controls the game from start to finish.” The former Green Archer marveled.

Khate Castillo led all scorers with 21 points, grabbed three rebounds against four turnovers. Rookies Angel Quingco and Bettina Binaohan had a solid debut, tallying six and five points while hoarding 13 and 10 boards respectively.

La Salle and Adamson went toe-to-toe in the first period. Neither of the teams was a step slower than the other as they were tied at 18-all at the end of the quarter.

The Lady Archers created some separation in the second frame, tightening their defense to make it hard for the Lady Falcons on their way to a 38-31 lead at halftime.

To begin the third canto, DLSU picked up from where they left off in the first half as the duo of Claro, Castillo and Quingco teamed up to stretch their lead to 16. Adamson kept themselves within shouting distance as the Taft squad took a 53-40 advantage after the third.

DLSU never looked back as it continued to score a barrage of points against AdU in the payoff period. The former built its biggest edge of the game at 19 via a Castillo breakaway layup off a Claro outlet pass, 66-47, en route to an impressive victory.

Only Lady Falcons Jamie Alcoy and Rose Rosario barged into double digits in scoring with 13 and 10 respectively. Nathalie Razalo made a mark in the rebounding category as she hugged 20 boards.

The next game for the Lady Archers is against UST on Saturday, September 15 at the Araneta Coliseum.

“UST is a very very tough team. They have an import, again, we’ll watch film and we’ll see what kind of gameplan we’re going to have for the next game.” Coach Villanueva said.

Box scores:

DLSU 72 – K. Castillo 21, Claro 7, Arciga 6, Revillosa 6, Quingco 6, Del Campo 6, Binaohan 5, Paraiso 5, Torres 5, Nunez 4, Jimenez 1, R. Castillo 0, Espinas 0.

AdU 57 – Alcoy 13, Rosario 10, Osano 9, Prado 7, Razalo 6, Araja 2, Bilbao 2, Camacho 2, Tandaan 2, Cacho 2, Aciro 2, Tacitac 0, Cabug 0.

Quarter scores: 18-18, 38-31, 53-40, 72-57


DLSU Green Batters fall anew to Adamson, take home silver

The De La Salle University Green Batters finished second place in the UAAP Season 80 Baseball Tournament after suffering a sweep from the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, losing Game 2 of the Finals, 6-13, on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

Despite a hot start on both ends, the Green Batters, who lost Game 1 and were eager to force a Game 3, could not protect the lead as the Soaring Falcons capitalized and never looked back.

La Salle started the game on a good note, both offensively and defensively. Best Right Fielder Diego Lozano sent his team up on the scoreboard after he completed a run. Season MVP Kiko Gesmundo followed with his own run for a 2-0 La Salle lead at the top of the first inning.

The Green Batters continued to wax hot offensively, racking up more points in the third canto after three players cycled the diamond. Gesmundo scored his second run of the game off an Iggy Escaño bat. Boo Barandiaran put La Salle up by four, 4-0, while Rookie of the Year Angelo Tantuico also sent Escaño home.

After the top of the third inning, La Salle led Adamson by five, 5-0.

However, things started to change at the bottom of the third inning. Eventual Finals MVP Jerome Yenson sent two Falcons home to cut La Salle’s lead to three, 5-2. Then, Villafaña swung a good bat that allowed two more Falcons to reach the homeplate. After three innings, La Salle’s lead shrunk to one, 5-4.

Not only defensively, but also offensively did the Green Batters’ performance declined. Through the next four innings, La Salle never reached home. Despite having several opportunities to score, the San Marcelino-based squad’s defense still did not allow the Taft-based squad to at least get to the bases and regain the momentum.

Speaking of momentum, the Soaring Falcons just continued to pound on the Green Batters, scoring three more runs in the fourth inning. Despite having two quick outs, Adamson still managed to get all bases filled off a Riparip walk. Yenson’s bat sent one home as they tied the game at 5-all. Two more Falcons completed runs to give their team a 7-5 lead after four innings.

Coming from that point, top-seeded La Salle was completely shut down by second-seeded Adamson. The latter made an impossible 13-0 run to overtake and gain complete control of the former. The Soaring Falcons led, 13-5, after six innings.

However, in the seventh inning, the Green Batters were able to halt Adamson’s frenzied offense. The latter was held to zero at the bottom of the seventh inning, only their third scoreless inning. Nonetheless, it was still the same eight point deficit for La Salle.

The Green Batters momentarily found their rhythm in the eighth inning after finally ending their scoring drought. Barandiaran hit a good angle that eventually sent Paolo Salud home. La Salle, though, still trailed by seven, 6-13. Moreover, that eventually becamse the last run for La Salle.

La Salle handed Adamson three quick strikeouts at the bottom of the eighth inning. But, the Green Batters could not convert seven points at the top of the ninth inning to at least tie the game at 13-all. As a result, the game did not see a bottom of the ninth and Adamson walked away with the gold.

The Green Batters, after winning it all in Season 78 and failing to reach the Finals in Season 79, finished first runners-up in Season 80.