UPset! UP beats DLSU 71-66, Archers fall to1-1
Finally, there is a real fight in the Fighting Maroons.
UP notched the first major upset of the season, as the Fighting Maroons defeated the De La Salle Green Archers 71-66.
UP was in control for the majority of the game, starting off with an aggressive game right in the first quarter as DLSU struggled from the foul line and had too many turnovers. After using a short rotation during the 1st game against NU, Coach Juno Sauler decided to use more of his bench as early as the first quarter, giving Jolo Go, Larry Muyang and Lorenzo Navarro a total of 27 minutes on the floor. Inexplicably, Langston was kept on the bench. Fortunately for the Green Archers, Prince Rivero was able to make some timely baskets to keep the game close.
The first quarter ended with a 16-14 lead for the Fighting Maroons. DLSU finally grabbed the lead, 17-16, during the second quarter, thanks to three free throws by Jollo Go. But UP quickly countered and regained back the lead. The first half ended with the boys from Dilliman leading, 41-28.
The Lasallian faithful were hoping that Archers would just wake up during the third quarter and take control of the ball game, but UP had other plans as the Maroons even led by as many as 15 points, 46-31. Thankfully, the Archers had a mini-run to end the third quarter, as the third period ended 54-42 in favor of the Fighting Maroons.
UP managed to maintain double-digits for most of the 4th quarter. Then, La Salle finally tried a rally with just a little over 2 minutes remaining in the game to cut the lead to just 6, 64-58. La Salle continued to fight back, as with just over a minute remaining, the lead was down to just 5, 64-59. Then sharpshooter rookie Caracut was fed the ball for a wide open three-pointer. Everyone from the La Salle side held their collective breath and hoped that the ball would go in but the luck of the bounce did not go our way. Jeron would make a crucial layup to cut the lead to just 4; then the Archers resorted to fouling to stop the clock and hope that UP would miss their fts. Former DLSU Team B player Andrew Harris actually missed 2 free throws, but UP got the ball back and Harris was fouled to send him back to the stripe. This time, he made both free throws. 67-61 UP lead. There was still a faint chance for DLSU, but UP would make a crucial steal that eventually led to Jeron Teng fouling out. And that was the ball game. UP had escaped with an improbable win, 71-66.
Turnovers and missed free throws were the reasons why the Archers lost. DLSU turned the ball over 20 times. And the Archers shot a horrible 15/26 from the foul line. Classic La Salle indeed! Prince Rivero was the lone bright spot for the Archers, as he scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Caracut scored 12 points, but only shot 1/5 from the three-point line. King Archer Jeron Teng only scored 10 points, which is low for his high standards. Thomas Torres and Julian Sargent chipped in 8 points a-piece. The next game of the Archers will be this Sunday, against last year’s Final Four tormentors, the FEU Tamaraws.
The UAAP just got a lot more interesting.