DLSU Green Archers

My DLSU vs UE article for www.rektikano.net

DLSU Repeats Over UE 72-64, Improves to 5-4.

Not again. After blowing a huge lead during their last game against UST, the Archers made sure that there would be no comeback from their opponents this time around as they upended the tough UE Warriors, 72-64 today

At first, it looked like the game would be an extension of the Archers’ last game as La Salle started the game flat UE took advantage of the “small-ball” starting lineup of the Archers which had Prince, Jason, and Jeron manning the front line. Chris Javier scored several times in the post during the first period as he used his size advantage against Prince Rivero to help UE take an early 12-7 lead in the first period. The coaches inserted Larry Muyang to give the Archers an interior presence. Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres then collaborated to help the Archers grab the lead, 19-16 at the end the first period. Thomas scored 7 points during the first quarter while Jeron added 6 points.

The game remained close during the majority of the second quarter, before Teng and Torres once again took over during the last few minutes of the first half as La Salle ended the quarter with an 18-4 run to take a double digit lead at the half, 41-30. Jeron and Thomas scored 14 points a piece during the first half.

It was a different story during the third quarter. Thanks to the Pumaren Full Court press, UE forced La Salle into several turnovers, while holding DLSU without a field goal during the first several minutes of the third quarter. UE even cut the lead all the way down to one, 43-42. Fortunately, UE failed to take advantage of the situation and UE never was able to retake the lead in the third quarter. DLSU then made a mini-run during the end of the third quarter behindJeron Teng’s timely baskets. Larry Muyang scored on a couple of put backs to help the Archers end the third quarter at 55-50 in our favor.

La Salle tried to pull away during the early parts of the fourth quarter as they grabbed an 8-point lead, 59-51 early in the fourth quarter. But UE played like the Warriors that they are, cutting the lead down to 59-56. But this time, there would be no end game collapse for La Salle as the Archers responded well with timely baskets to lead by double digits during latter part of the fourth quarter. Joshua Torralba made a corner 3, 71-58, to seal the deal. The Warriors then tried to make one last rally, but it was a case of too little, too late.

King Archer Jeron Teng exploded for 20 big points. He also grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Thomas Torres also played well, as he scored 15 points and grabbed 5 boards. Larry Muyang came off the bench and had a near “double-double” of 9 points and 11 rebounds. Prince Rivero chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds while Jason Perkins scored 7 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Archers won the game despite having 30 turnovers and only 7 assists. Next stop for the Archers is another huge game this weekend, as DLSU takes on one of the league leaders, the FEU Tamaraws this Sunday, 4 pm, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Preview: DLSU Green Archers vs UE Red Warriors: Can we turn the season around before it is too late?

Good News: We went 4-4 during the 2013 season, and we eventually won it all.

Bad News: We went 4-4 during the 2009 and 2011 seasons, and we did not even made it to the Final Four during those so-called “dark years”.

With our very slim hopes for a twice-to-beat advantage on the line, the inconsistent De La Salle Green Archers take on the dangerous UE Red Warriors this Wednesday. During the first round, La Salle defeated UE, 71-64. In that game, DLSU barely survived the dreaded full-court press of the Warriors. Jeron Teng and Andrei Caracut scored 16 points a piece for the Archers, while Larry Muyang had a breakout game of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

To have a chance at the coveted twice-to-beat advantage, La Salle needs to go 6-1 for the rest of the second round if. And in order to make it to the Final Four, DLSU can’t afford to fall to any of the so-called “unseeded” teams. La Salle is at 4-4, while UE, who just came from a big win last Saturday against the defending champions NU, are at 3-5. A loss to UE would tie the Archers with the Warriors, and could potentially derail our journey back to the promise land of the playoffs. UE usually plays well against DLSU, and with a Final Four slot still possible for the boys in red, expect UE to play like real Warriors this Wednesday. Here are the keys to the game.

Thomas Torres needs to break out of his shooting slump, or give his playing time to guys like Julian Sargent, Lorenzo Navarro or Andrew Langston

Thomas has been having a miserable season so far. After a good game against Ateneo, many expected Thomas to bring the momentum of that game against UST, haven route to a more consistent second round. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case last Sunday, as Thomas shot miserably yet again, with 4/17 clip from the field including a poor 3/13 from the rainbow territory. And he only had 1 assist but had 4 turnovers, a big no-no for a starting point guard. If Thomas can’t get out of his slump, and if he insists on putting up bricks, then maybe it is time to give other players his minutes. Navarro is playing well as a back-up point guard in limited minutes, Sargent can play some point guard as well. And Langston proved last Sunday that he could shoot, as he nailed his first triple of his UAAP career; unfortunately, he only played 5 minutes. Like we said before, if Thomas can’t be the reliable point guard that we expected him to be in his senior year, an early vacation for the Archers is very possible.

Jason Perkins needs to be more consistent

After a good game against Ateneo where he made some key triples, Perkins was expected to bring that momentum against UST and start the second round with a bang. Perkins scored 6 points during the first quarter last Sunday, and the green crowd expected another big game from “hefty lefty”. Unfortunately, that was the extent of his scoring, though he did grab 10 rebounds. We need more scoring from Perkins if we want to go far this season. A consistent “double-double” for Perkins, like a 12 points and 10 rebounds performance is what we need from him if we want a deep playoff run this year. The rebounding has been there so far, but Perkins’ scoring has been absent so far.

Stop Edison Batilier

Batilier started his UAAP career with a bang as he dominated offensively during the first few games of the season. But just like some of the other “scoring rookies”, he was eventually scouted. He only scored 2 points against DLSU during the first round, and has been struggling lately. However, a scorer is a scorer, and he can explode again any time. UE is a very good defensive team, but they struggle offensively at times as they don’t have enough offensive weapons compared to other teams. If Battilier can be stopped once again, and none of the other UE players like Chris Javier explode, then La Salle just might pull a much needed win.

Closing Notes:

A 4-4 record is low for the high standards of De La Salle basketball. But all is not lost. With the exception of the UP upset, our losses came from top teams FEU and UST, and we even proved during our last game that we can hang with a league leader like UST. We lost partly because the breaks of the game just didn’t go our way. This is a crucial point in the season. A win against UE can give us some much needed confidence going to a big showdown against FEU this weekend, but a loss can demoralize the team even more. This just might be a “swing” game for the season. It is time for the REAL Green Archers to show up and play the De La Salle basketball that we all know and love.

ANIMO LA SALLE!

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