High school standouts and Green Archers Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres delivered, as DLSU drowned the Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners, 91-54, in the 18th Fr. Martin Summer Cup last April 17 at the San Beda Gym.
Xavier School’s Teng and La Salle Greenhills’ Torres hit 14 markers each that gave the young cast of Archers their first pre-season win.
“It’s more of a lot of guys stepping up. They held their own against older players,” Head Coach Gee Abanilla expressed.
Despite a comfortable 34-margin in the fourth quarter, the Taft-based squad continued their attack, jumping at every opportunity to convert charity points.
The boys in Green converted 28 out of 41 free throws, effectively achieving a 68 free throw percentage.
An established inside game from front liners Fonzo Gotladera and Aiki Herrera, who scored eight and seven respectively, opened up the Archers’ outside shooting.
“Right now, they [Mariners] are having trouble with our inside game, which paved the way for a lot of open shots.”
Rookie Torres, 17, pulled a layup before a Jed Manguera three-pointer, 2:20 in regulation.
With 1:46 minutes left in the fourth quarter, 18-year-old Teng hit the Archers’ 91st mark with split charities.
Mariner Sany Trinidad responded with a quick trey, missed one of two free throws at 1:02, and a series of turnovers from both ends to close with a 37-point separation.
In the third quarter, the Archers banked 11 points from the charity lane alone thanks to Yutien Andrada, Martin Reyes and Teng.
Nailing the newly crowned National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) champions to just six points in the second canto, the Archers tallied 25 baskets to pad the lead.
The PMMS Mariners last led, 5-2, few minutes from the start of the game before a 10-2 runaway ignited by back to back drives from Archer Oda Tampus.
Team B standout Manguera pocketed 11 baskets, while Papot Paredes, Reyes and Gotladera chipped eight apiece.
“Most of these guys can’t have the playing time they had if they were playing in the FilOil. So this is good exposure for us… I told the boys that we should build on this [win],” Coach Abanilla shared.
Quarter scores: 19-13, 44-19, 71-38, 91-54