For a moment, it looked like the De La Salle Green Archers were about to follow the same script they used the last time they beat University of the East.

After trailing by 14 to the Red Warriors at the half, DLSU used a 17-7 advantage in the third quarter to get within four entering the fourth period. Not long after, DLSU took a 45-43 lead. A few minutes later, the Green Archers’ advantage was up to 10, 61-51.

But the unrelenting Red Warriors battled back, going on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to one, 61-60.

After UE tied the game at 63, Dan Alberto came up with the most crucial play of the ball game – a steal on Almond Vosotros, followed by an and-one play to put his club up three.

La Salle then failed to convert a basket and was forced to foul Roi Sumang, who split his charities to make the count 67-63. Vosotros hit a 3-ball to breathe some life back to his team, but the Red Warriors held on to win their for the fifth time in their last six games and improve to 8-5.

DLSU, on the other hand, falls to 9-4 and suffered their third loss this season after building a double-digit lead.

Jeron Teng led the team with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists, while Vosotros put up 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

Julian Sargent had 10 markers, while Norbert Torres pitched in 7. Rookie Prince Rivero contributed 7 points as well, while Kim Montalbo had 6.

Big men Arnold Van Opstal and Jason Perkins combined for 2 points and 10 rebounds.

As a team, La Salle shot 40% from the field but committed 30 turnovers that led to 24 UE points.

La Salle will face NU next on Saturday in their most crucial matchup of the season. A victory would give DLSU a chance for a twice-to-beat seed, as they will face the loser of Ateneo vs. FEU, which takes place prior to their duel with the Bulldogs, for the second seed in the standings.

A loss to National University would put DLSU at risk of having to participate in a playoff for the fourth seed against UE, assuming the Red Warriors beat UST next Tuesday and NU beats the Growling Tigers later this afternoon.

Box Scores

UE (68) – Galanza 21, Sumang 14, Javier 8, Alberto 6, Jumao-as 6, Mammie 4, Arafat 3, Varilla 2, De Leon 2, Palma 2, Guiang 0, Olayon 0.

DLSU (66) – Teng 23, Vosotros 11, Sargent 10, N. Torres 7, Rivero 7, Montalbo 6, Van Opstal 2, Perkins 0, Andrada 0.

Quarterscores: 15-13; 36-22; 43-39; 68-66.


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  • Green Arrow

    Don’t let Vosotros dribble the ball during crucial play. He dribble so much even though he’s not a legit point guard. That cause us the game.

  • Kryz Bryll Pascual Barrientos

    Lack of Defense, poor execution,slow ball movement,lack of aggressiveness of our bigmen,slow start,Inconsistency…. Just watch your last year’s game and compare it to this season 77..

  • BBgandangTT

    UE came prepared for this one. No passion. No teamwork. WTF is going on with the Archers? Are they being too complacent now? It seems there’s no hunger anymore to win another championship. Wake up Green Archers. The time is now!

  • Llort Opem

    I hope this loss will help the team learn and improve especially next game is like a do-or-die game for them. I also hope that next game, La Salle should play their game not play other team’s game. They really have the best lineup on paper so hopefully they can translate it into the game. Nevertheless, I’m still proud on how the team fought a while ago. It’s just sad that we loss that game when we were almost there. Cheer up! One more game! Animo La Salle!

  • BBgandangTT

    Hopefully they beat NU on Saturday for a shot at No. 2 in the standings. Otherwise it will be very a dangerous road ahead.

  • GreenFaithful

    Its sad to see that only Jeron Teng is improving. What happened to vosotros? 3/14 almost every game… What happened to perkins? double digit points last game and now “Big men Arnold Van Opstal and Jason Perkins combined for 2 points and 10 rebounds.” ??? What in the world?

    Sorry but almost every game, it’s Jeron Teng Green Archer vs ——–

  • GreenFaithful

    Vosotros turned the ball over during the FEU game too which caused us the win

  • GreenFaithful

    Vosotros turned the ball over during the FEU game too which caused us the win

  • jus_sayinagain

    It’s been a pattern this season….give AVO and Perkins quick successive fouls early in the first half. That’s how the two have been “taken out of the game”.

  • charluz88

    Almost a complete Win!! Need to Improve their defense! Cause defense will be their best offense… But still believing that this is gonna be a BACK2BACK!!

  • Coolah Bear

    Mr. Court General, please step in……whoever you are….before it is too late! The current squad is not cohesive at all. Just look are the stats on turnovers.