The DLSU Green Archers may have posted their most dominant win this season, as they blew out the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 88-71, earlier today at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. With the victory, La Salle improves to a 2-2 win-loss record while Adamson remains winless in four games.
Jeron Teng led the Green Archers with 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Teng’s shooting was impressive in this game, as he made 53 percent of the field goals he attempted. Fellow veteran Thomas Torres, on the other hand, received Player of the Game honors, finishing with 16 points, five assists, and three rebounds.
Meanwhile, Adamson was anchored by Papi Sarr, who finished with a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Joseph Nalos also added 10 points, four assists, and one steal.
La Salle’s performance in today’s match is a dramatic improvement from that of their first three games. Their field goal percentage reached 47 percent, a season-high for them and the first time they cracked 40 percent in four games.
Their assists in this game exceeded their 8.6 per game average as well, as they chipped in a total of 21 assists, with 14 coming from the first half alone. As with the previous games, however, their turnovers are still a gnawing concern as they totaled 22 errors against the Falcons.
Dominant from the onset
La Salle’s dominance was already evident during the opening minutes of the game. After Jason Perkins sank two free-throws to give the Green Archers a 6-4 lead during the five-minute mark, the Falcons never came close again.
A balanced scoring attack in the first quarter was a testament to how La Salle shifted to team play, as a total of seven players contributed to their 24-point first quarter. In the second quarter, the gap continued to widen as DLSU relied on a 10-man rotation to end the first half with a 21-point lead, 47-26.
The third quarter showed Adamson’s will to get back into the game. Although it was in the third period that the lead rose to as much as 26 points, the Falcons managed to hold the Green Archers to only 16 points, while they scored more in the quarter after finishing with 21.
The game’s final quarter showed both teams’ offensive prowess, with a total 49 points scored by both teams in the fourth quarter alone. In the end, the Green Archers were able to keep Adamson at bay as they held on to win the match, 88-71.
Although La Salle led in scoring for pretty much the entire game, the pace and the intensity of both teams were comparable to that of a playoff game.
A total of 45 fouls were called by the officials, five of which were technical fouls. Because of these fouls, La Salle went to the free throw line 35 times, making 23 of their attempts. Adamson, on the other hand, attempted 25 free throws, 16 of which they were able to convert.
The game’s intensity even spilled onto the coaches as Falcons head coach Mike Fermin was ejected after receiving his second technical foul during the dying minutes of the fourth quarter, a pivotal moment that extinguished any hope of an Adamson comeback.
Up next for the DLSU Green Archers are the UE Red Warriors, whom they will face next Sunday, September 27, at 2pm in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
DLSU – 88 Teng 18, Torres 16, Sargent 11, Caracut 9, Torralba 9, Perkins 7, Muyang 6, Tratter 6, Navarro 3, Rivero 2, Gob 1, Pascual 0
AdU – 71 Sarr 18, Nalos 10, Ng 10, Ochea 9, Polican 8, Tungcab 6, Camacho 5, Margallo 2, Fernandez 2, Miranda 1, Villanueva 0, Bernardo 0, Capote 0
Quarter Scores: 24-10, 47-26, 63-47, 88-71