After a hot 2-0 start, DLSU Green Archers lost their 3rd straight game this afternoon at the hands of UST Growling Tigers. It wasn’t an easy win for the Tigers though, as they had to fight in 2 OTs just to close the game. An open jumper from Aljon Mariano and a timely block from Karim Abdul sealed the 84-82 win for UST.
It was a heartbreaking finish for La Salle who seemed to be in control of the game. They took an early lead in the first period before the momentum shifted to the opposing team. Though down by several points, the Archers stayed in the game and made sure that they wouldn’t go down without a fight. In the end, costly turnovers and inability to execute down the stretch doomed La Salle.
Overall, La Salle’s offensive game was pretty impressive today. LA Revilla lead the team with 19 points while rookie Jeron Teng added 17 points together with 12 rebounds. Yutien Andrada chipped in 16 points, and Joshua Webb, who played on extended minutes added 13 points.
The Growling Tigers was led by Tata Bautista with 21 points including 6 triples. Abdul and Mariano combined for 31 points and executed the last 2 plays that sealed the W for UST.
Without a doubt, it was a very enjoyable game. It would have been sweeter had La Salle won, but all in all, I was very satisfied with the game. I’m not sure though if I can say the same thing for the Green Archers. As I left the Arena earlier, I just couldn’t let go if the fact that La Salle might have won the game if they just made a couple of their free throws. I don’t have the exact data with me right now, but I would imagine that La Salle missed more than 10 free throws the entire game. Had they sank those free shots, they would have probably emerged victorious. Just a sad thought.
Next on the line is Adamson on August 4 and National University on the 11th. I won’t be able to watch the games live, but I’m hoping for 2 more wins for La Salle to end the first round. Let’s end the first rond strong!
keep it green.