Another game. Another game winning shot!
Jason Perkins made a short stab with 0.6 of a second left, thanks to a clutch assist by King Archer Jeron Teng, as the De La Salle Green Archers defeated the University of Perpetual Help Altas 81-79 to advance to the Final Four of the Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-Season Cup.
The first quarter was a close one, as both teams struggled during the earlier parts of the first quarter, before peaking up some steam during the latter part of it. The first quarter ended with a 21-16 lead for DLSU. The Archers started to gain momentum during the second quarter. Thomas Torres scored 11 points in the first half with Jahal Tratter and Jeron Teng contributed 9 points each. As usual, Andrei Caracut was in “sniper mode” as early as the first half, as he made two triples during the first half alone. The 1st half ended with DLSU in control, 44-33.
The Archers tried to pull away during the third quarter, even building a 14-point lead during the third period. But the boys from Las Pinas fought back. The third quarter ended with DLSU holding on to a 67-60 lead. The fourth quarter was like a repeat of the UST game last Saturday. DLSU was able to build a double-digit lead during the fourth quarter, but Perpetual fought back, thanks to their grittiness, a trademark of many NCAA teams, and some timely three point baskets. With La Salle leading 79-76 during the dying seconds of the game, Gabriel Danganong made a clutch three-point basket to tie the game with 6 seconds remaining. During the next play of DLSU, Jeron was dribbling at the top of the key, but instead of making the game-winning shot like what he did during the UST game, he found Jason Perkins underneath. Perkins almost fumbled the ball, but recovered just in time for the eventual game winner. Perpetual failed to take a shot in the next possession, giving the Archers the last Final Four slot of the summer tournament.
King Archer Jeron Teng led the Archers with 19 big points. He also grabbed 5 boards and dished out 6 dimes, including the game-winning assist. He shot a good 8/18 from 2-point distance as he made several mid-range jumpers all through out the game. It should be noted that he has been consistent in his mid-range game for this tournament, and the green and white faithful are hoping that he can bring this new weapon in his arsenal for the UAAP wars. Thomas Torres had another big game, scoring 18 points. Jahal Tratter added 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Andrei Caracut was once again hot from the outside, making 3/5 from rainbow territory. He finished with 12 points. Jason Perkins added 11 points, none bigger than his last basket to give the Archers the win. Foreign player Bright Akhuetie had a monster game for Perpetual, scoring 25 points and hauling down 11 rebounds. Gabriel Dagangon also had a big game for the Las Pinas based squad, as he scored 23 points and added 9 boards.
Next stop for the Archers is a date with UAAP tormentors FEU Tamaraws this Friday, June 12 at 3pm. The other semi-final match is a battle between 2 NCAA squads, the San Beda Red Lions and the JRU Heavy Bombers.