MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle Green Archers used a huge fourth-quarter run to pull away from a gutsy University of the East (UE) squad, 67-59, and notch their second win in the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum Thursday.
Star rookie Jeron Teng scored 16 points, nine of which came in the final canto as the Archers finally put the Red Warriors away.
“We still have a long way to go. We want to get better as the season progresses,” said La Salle head coach Gee Abanilla.
The Warriors got within one point of the Archers three times during the final period, but veterans Jovet Mendoza and LA Revilla scored timely buckets to keep UE at bay.
Revilla’s three-pointer with 6:13 to go sparked a 10-0 run that allowed the Archers to make it a double-digit game, 61-50. The Warriors never got closer than eight points after that.
Pedrito Galanza tried to rally the Warriors, draining a three-pointer to make 55-63 with 1:33 to go, but UE would run out of time as Teng iced the win with an and-one play.
It was the Archers’ second straight victory of the season, putting them at the top of the UAAP leaderboard.
“It’s still early to say that we’re strong,” Abanilla said. “We’re 2-0, but we have yet to face stronger teams like UST and Ateneo.”
The Warriors dropped to 0-2.
It was the second straight game that Teng, a highly recruited guard out of Xavier, came up big during crunch time. He also delivered in La Salle’s victory over the UP Fighting Maroons last Sunday.
It was a low-scoring game from start to finish, and the Red Warriors were able to keep it close most of the way, thanks in part to the efforts of star guard Roy Sumang.
Sumang even briefly gave the Warriors the lead, 22-20, with a trifecta in the second period. He scored seven more points in the third quarter, including another three-ball with 40 seconds to go.
But Sumang was held scoreless in the fourth period as La Salle broke the game open.
DLSU 67 - Teng 16, Mendoza 11, Revilla 11, T. Torres 7, Van Opstal 5, Dela Paz 4, N. Torres 3, Andrada 2, Tampus 2, Manguera 1, Paredes 0, Gotladera 0, Webb 0
UE 59 - Sumang 20, Santos 14, Javier 6, Olayon 5, Galanza 5, Villarias 3, Sumido 2, Razon 2, Mena 2, Belleze 0, Valdez 0, Hernandez 0, Flores 0, Duncil 0
Quarter scores: 13-11, 29-22, 43-39, 67-59