Rookie sensation Jeron Teng seemingly hit the rookie wall earlier today when he was uncharacteristically missing his shots. UST’s pesky defense hounded Teng the entire game, but he only needed the final 3 seconds of the game to make his presence felt. With 3 ticks left on the clock and the game tied at 51, Teng drove to the basket and made a jumper that finally put away the Tigers 53-51. He finished the game with 9 points, which was below his average, but in the end, it was he who made the most important basket of the game.
The match up earlier was as exciting as their meeting in round 1, but this time, La Salle made sure to emerge as winners. With LA Revilla and Yutien Andrada still out of commission, the Archers relied on teamwork to get the win. La Salle’s offense earlier featured a lot of crafty passing but UST did a good job of cutting the passing lanes and converting the steals into points. Almond Vosotros once again had a good game and led La Salle with 12 markers, all coming from beyond the arc. Rookie guard Thomas Torres also showcased moments of brilliance especially when he took the ball away from Jeric Teng with less than a minute to play and converted the free throws after getting fouled. He finished with 10 points. Jovet Mendoza’s hardwork and willingness to sacrifice his own body was admirable as it showed a lot of heart and passion.
Another good thing that I’ve noticed in the game was La Salle’s free throw shooting. Though I’m not sure about the exact statistic, I’m pretty sure that they’ve converted from the line a lot better compared before. Now that they can convert their free throw shots, opposing teams will now think twice before sending out players to the charity stripe.
The Green Archers will face the Blue Eagles this coming weekend and I won’t be able to attend the game live. I’ll just try to watch the game on TV. I’m looking forward to another great game from the Archers and hopefully this time, La Salle would come out on top.