La Salle's Jeron Teng finished with 20 points as the Green Archers beat the UP Fighting Maroons on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines -- The De La Salle Green Archers used a balanced scoring attack to claim their first win of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament, beating the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 96-84, Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Jeron Teng finished with 20 points, Jason Perkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds (six offensive), and three other Archers finished in double-figures.
"In our practice, Coach (Juno Sauler) emphasized our fastbreak. He wanted us to push the ball more, because against UST (in our first game), medyo slow-paced," said Teng.
La Salle registered 24 fastbreak points and scored 18 points off 14 UP turnovers.
UP's three-point shooting allowed them to keep the game close in the first three quarters, but they lacked the finishing punch as La Salle broke the game open in the final quarter.
The Maroons were down by four, 78-74, after Henri Asilum drained a triple, and then by five, 82-77, after a Sam Marata three-pointer.
But La Salle scored six straight points to build another double-digit lead, 88-77. A Marata triple temporarily stopped the rally, but it proved to be UP's last significant basket.
Perkins scored eight consecutive points -- six coming off putbacks -- and the Green Archers pulled away, 96-80, with 1:49 to go.
The victory allowed La Salle to bounce back from their overtime defeat to UST in the opening weekend of the tournament.
"It was our first game, so may first-game jitters pa. We were just getting used to the new system with Coach Juno," said Teng.
The Archers pounded the Maroons on the boards, 51-32, including an 18-8 advantage in the offensive glass.
UP also converted 50% of their three-point shots (14-of-28), but only made 16-of-42 two-point field goals.
In contrast, the Archers attempted only 12 triples, making seven, and made 31 of their 68 two-point field goals.
Marata led all scorers with 21 points, a UAAP career high, while rookie Kyles Lao scored 18 points and Asilum fired 12 points.
UP, led by Asilum, waxed hot from beyond the arc to keep the first half of the contest close.
After two free throws by Kyles Lao allowed the Maroons to take a 2-0 lead, the Green Archers reeled off 14 straight points to seize control of the game.
But sparked by Lao, UP outscored La Salle 17-10 for the rest of the quarter to go into the second frame down only by five, 24-19.
An early 8-0 run in the second quarter , capped by a Thomas Torres triple, gave the Archers another double-digit lead, 37-26, with five minutes to go in the first half.
That was when the Fighting Maroons heated up. Henri Asilum drilled three triples, and Marata and Joseph Gallarza each made one from beyond the arc, as UP tied the game at 44-all with 1:41 to go.
Jason Perkins quickly regained the lead for La Salle, and Vosotros also converted a lay-up, allowing the Archers to go into the halftime break with a 48-44 advantage.
DLSU 96 - Teng 20, Perkins 20, Vosotros 15, N. Torres 14, T. Torres 14, De La Paz 7, Van Opstal 6, Bolick 0
UP 84 - Marata 21, Lao 18, Asilum 12, Suarez 9, Ball 8, Soyud 5, Pascual 3, Ligad 3, Gallarza 3, Desiderio 2, Wong 2, Amar 2
Quarter-scoring: 24-19, 48-44, 75-67, 96-84