Gritty win! Archers breaks the Warrior’s Press as DLSU defeated UE 71-64.
The Archers survived a late rally by a stubborn Warriors side to defeat the UE Red Warriors, 71-64, for their first back-to-back win of the season. With the victory, the Archers go up to 3-2, as La Salle tries to build momentum with the first round nearing its conclusion.
The first quarter was a close one, as UE unleashed its vaunted Pumaren press, a slightly different version of the same full-court press that then-coach Franz Pumaren gave La Salle several championships several years ago. Fortunately, King Archer Jeron Teng found his mark early to tally 11 points in the first period. The first quarter ended, 17-16 in favor of the Archers, and it remained close during the second quarter, but La Salle made a mini-run towards the end of the second quarter to take a 32-26 lead at the half; Jeron Teng led our attack with 14 points, making 6/9 from the field.
La Salle tried to pull away during the third quarter, as La Salle built several double-digit leads. After missing all their previous attempts from downtown in the first half, DLSU finally made a three-pointer in the game during the third quarter, courtesy of Joshua Torralba. The third quarter ended with a 51-41 DLSU lead.
Rookie Andrei Caracut waxed hot early during the fourth quarter, starting the final quarter with a rare 4-point play, and following it up with another triple as the Archers lead ballooned to 17 points. But the Warriors lived up to their moniker and fought back. Thanks to the full-court press, UE cut the lead all the way down to 4, 60-56. Thomas Torres and Caracut made some timely layups to give La Salle some breathing room. UE tried one last rally, but it was a case of too little too late.
Jeron Teng finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, while Andrei Caracut scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. The hardworking Larry Muyang had a “double-double” as he scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards. Thomas Torres chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.