The Summer League title defense continues for the De La Salle Green Archers.
The De La Salle Green Archers will face the University of Perpetual Help Dalta Altas in the quarterfinal round of the 2015 FIL-OIL Pre-Season Cup. Perpetual was one of the best performing teams of their group, earning them a spot in the quarterfinal round for this year after failing to make it last year. Ironically, it was the Archers who cost the boys from Las Pinas a chance to make it to the FIL-OIL playoff round last summer. Perpetual actually defeated DLSU during the last day of the 2014 elimination round, but due to a superior quotient, it was DLSU who advanced to the quarterfinals and eventually won it all. It was quite a unique moment, the green and white crowd celebrating a loss because the Archers did not need a win; they just needed not to lose by a 4- point margin. With Perpetual up by 5 during the dying seconds of that game, Jeron Teng drove hard to the basket and found Arnold Van Opstal down low, who was fouled. AVO then sank 2 clutch free throws to cut the lead the 3, just the exact points needed to make it to the next round. Perpetual then failed to make a basket in their last play, making their win moot and academic. It should also be noted that DLSU’s other loss in the 2014 FIL-OIL cup was a 1-point loss against JRU, also one of the best performing teams of this tournament so far. A FIL-OIL playoff battle down the road is very possible for DLSU and JRU. Another interesting sidenote is that the legendary Coach Aric Del Rosario is the coach for Perpetual. Coach Aric was the coach of UST during their 4-peat years from 1993-1996, and most of those championship victories were against DLSU. Coach Aric even cried last year out of happiness when Perpetual defeated DLSU, perhaps a nostalgic moment from the iconic mentor.
La Salle started the 2015 FIL Oil tournament by losing to the perennial NCAA Champions San Beda Red Lions 86-80 in overtime. But La Salle bounced back, and had a 5-game winning streak against LPU, UP, UE, SWU and Mapua. The streak ended with a loss to the CEU Scorpions, the eventual top placers of the group. With UE already in the quarterfinals, San Beda defeated UE, with the Lions also advancing to the next stage. That set up a do-or-die game between DLSU and UST. Thanks to a game-winning layup by King Archer Jeron Teng, the Archers eliminated the Tigers 84-82 to advance to the quarterfinal round.
The Quarterfinals game of DLSU will be this Wednesday, June 10, 5pm.