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.
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.