UAAP: Green Archers’ streak ends against rival

After an impressive four-game winning streak, the DLSU Green Archers opened the month of September with a dismal 67-77 loss against the ADMU Blue Eagles at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With this painful loss, the Taft-based squad is once again tied in standings with the NU Bulldogs; both teams have a 6-4 record. The winner-over-the-other rule temporarily pegs La Salle in fourth place.

The defeat marks the Archers’ fifth straight UAAP setback against the Katipunan-based squad since winning against the Eagles in July 2010 via the heroics of soon-to-be UP Fighting Maroon Joseph Marata.

“We feel bad about this loss, but I think we can learn a lot from this. It’s just a matter of refocusing our efforts and objectives to make them understand what we want, and we plan to do that next time we have practice,” said Archers’ Head Coach Gee Abanilla.

Countered efforts

In the game, the Eagles would always respond back to counter a Green-and-White rally that rendered the Green-and-White’s efforts futile.

Jeron Teng and Almond Vosotros, however, combined for 42 points to carry the Archers throughout the game, but the duo’s efforts were not enough to counter the explosive offense of the Blue Eagles.

Teng scattered for 22 baskets all throughout the game, while Vosotros made a living from downtown in the earlier stages of the game. The former San Sebastian Golden Staglet launched four triples in the first half, which helped the Green  Archers narrow the gap.

High-octane Katipunan offense
The Blue Eagles cruised to a hot start in the opening period with UAAP Season 73 Finals MVP Ryan Buenafe notching in nine early points just as the Katipunan players did in their first game against the Taft-based ballers this season. Nico Salva and Kiefer Ravena also poured in a combined 30 points to complement Buenafe.

In a fast-paced 10-minute canto, the Archers found the team flabbergasted with a 10-26 deficit. The green ballers, however, responded in the second half behind Vosotros’ three three-pointers.

The squad also managed to limit the defending champions’ production in the second salvo to nine points to edge closer at the interval, 29-35. Regaining confidence towards the third, the Archers rallied once more to trim the lead down to two with 4:51 in the clock via Teng’s three-pointer.

That was the closest La Salle went as the team failed to take the driver’s seat throughout the game.

The Eagles went on to widen its advantage to eleven at the end of the third period, 57-46.

In the payback period, Jeron Teng spearheaded the Green Archer offense, but Ateneo did not flinch. Despite the grit that La Salle has shown in the fourth, Ateneo cancelled out the efforts in most of the turnovers.

Under the microscope
La Salle’s defense was excellent in restraining Greg Slaughter to four points, but it failed to halt a quartet of Blue Eagles in tallying double-digit points.

In rebounding, La Salle partially edged ahead the Slaughter-led Ateneo frontline by pocketing 43 rebounds against the Blue Eagles’ 41, and garnering more offensive boards with 18 compared to the opposition’s 13. The Green Archers, however, failed to maximize extra gems into gold as the team managed to slot only eight second-chance points, slightly ahead from the Blue Eagles’ six.

Without starting point guard LA Revilla, the Abanilla-mentored squad still managed to spread the floor well; the team dished out more assists with a 17-14 slate.

Yet at the end of the game, the win always goes to the team that has scored more points. In the Taft-based squad’s tenth game of the season, Abanilla continues to notice Teng’s potential, but he commented, “We need his (Jeron) scoring but we also need contributions from the other guys.”

The Green Archers will face the UP Fighting Maroons this coming Thursday’s 4pm game at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“We have to work on the remainder of our games. We have to win. Our focus right now is to reach the final four. NU is just right behind [us], so we need to have a separation from them. It’s going to be crucial,” ended Abanilla.

DLSU 67 – Teng 22, Vosotros 20, Tampus 8, Van Opstal 8, N. Torres, 4, Manguera 3, Mendoza 2, Andrada 0, Paredes 0, T. Torres 0, Tallo 0, Webb 0.

ADMU 77 – Buenafe 24, Ravena 18, Salva 12, Tiongson 10, Slaughter 4, Chua 4, Sumalinog 3, Gonzaga 2, Golla 0, Elorde 0.

Quarter scores: 10-26, 29-35, 46-57, 67-77.

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3 replies on “UAAP: Green Archers’ streak ends against rival”

Taft Based squad, you mean Philippine Christian University?, Katipunan players, you mean Miriam College? Green ballers, you mean the wrist rubber band? Abanilla mentored squad, you mean Petron? Kalerqui naman mga adjectives nyo boy! lahat nalang ng news nyo puro ganon!!!

Come on, what is this article all about?

It is about the UAAP game between Ateneo and La Salle. They are the only ones being referred here. Adjectives follow them so that the words Ateneo and La Salle don’t come out too often.

Shallow thinking kills. 😉

Haller!? ok ka lang dear? If that’s case then refer them as such why come up with silly chuva adjectives? Paulit ulit na lang at masakit na sa mata noh lalo na yung “green and white” isang sentence nga dyan sa taas twice pa na sabi yang adjective na yan. Kaloka na ha!

Bakit sa NBA may nakita ka bang article na tawag sa Miami Heat na “South-beach based squad” or Eric Spoelstra -coached squad? Kaloka grabe!! Chaka kayo.

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