Junior Archers lose second straight
The taller, heftier, and athletic National University Bullpups run roughshed on the De La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, 77-58 to give DLSZ its second straight defeat Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball competitions.
The Junior Archers were reduced to a jump shooting team and missed a lot from the field today, converting only 6-for-29 from the three ball area.
The taller Bullpups also manhandled the Junior Archers in the paint, outrebounding them, 72-42. NU’s athleticism was on full display as well by running down the break after collaring the boards as they finished the game with 29 fastbreak points compared to DLSZ’s 6.
Henri Subido paced the Junior Archers with 14 points but was limited to 4-for-16 shooting from the field today. Aljun Melecio and Jose Maldinger were the other Junior Archers in double figures with 11 points each.
Center John Cauilan led the Bullpups with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Former LSGH Greenie Hubert Cani displayed an all-around effort in the game finishing with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.
The NU Bullpups will gun for a sweep of the first round against the defending champions the FEU Baby Tamaraws while the Junior Archers will finish the first round with a date with the winless UP Junior Maroons on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the FilOil Arena in San Juan City.
NU 77 – Cauilan 24, Mosqueda 14, Cani 10, Dyke 8, Battad 8, Go 5, Lapiz 3, Castillo 3, Lopena 2, Mina 0, Manalang 0, Grealy 0, Guzom 0, De Guzman 0, Claveria 0, Bautista 0.
DLSZ 58 – Subido 14, Melecio 11, Maldinger 11, Banzon 8, Abanilla 5, Castro 3, Romero 2, Quintos 2, Perez 2, Vizmonte 0, Paraiso 0, Cabarrus 0.
Quarter Scores: 17-11, 38-23, 59-35, 77-58.
Lady Archers lose for the first time this season
The De La Salle University Lady Archers absorbed its first taste of defeat in six games in the UAAP Season 76 women’s basketball competition at the hands of the National University Lady Bulldogs to the tune of 64-55 yesterday.
The Lady Archers had a sluggish start to the game as they committed 10 turnovers in opening period. The Lady Bulldogs pounded on those La Salle mistakes as they scored 12 points off those turnovers plus knocking two big triples to open up a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. NU had more fast break points than La Salle in the opening period, 8-0.
The second quarter was almost the same story as turnovers continued to the hurt the Lady Archers. La Salle committed 7 turnovers in the second period and NU taking advantage on it by scoring 12 points off those turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs also took advantage of the charity stripe, as they were 6-for-8 from the free throw area while the Lady Archers did not have any free throw attempt in the second quarter. NU still led at the half, 35-17.
Ara Abaca started to take over the game in the third quarter for the Lady Archers as she scored 9 points in the quarter after being limited to just 2 points in the first half. But her effort was cancelled by Afril Bernardino, Denise Escoto, and Kristine Abriam as the trio combined for 16 points in the quarter for the Lady Bulldogs to maintain in the driver’s seat in the game. The Lady Archers also went 7-for-18 from the 15-foot line which could have helped them to close the gap further. The Lady Archers were behind by 21, 55-34 entering the fourth quarter.
The Lady Archers posed a furious run in the fourth quarter which saw them down by just three points with under 2 minutes to go in the game. Ara Abaca scored 7 points in the final frame while Trisha Piatos and Inna Corcuera added 6 and 5 points respectively during the Lady Archers’ rally that just fell short. La Salle’s full court pressure defense forced NU to commit 9 turnovers in the quarter, with the Lady Archers scoring 7 points from it.
In the end, Afril Bernardino again thwarted the Lady Archers’ rally, which got help from burly Anne Gupilan and Joy Bonleon by combining for 8 points just enough to give the Lady Bulldogs the victory. Gupilan and Bonleon went 2-for-2 each from the line to take away any chance for the Lady Archers to take the game.
Bernardino led the Lady Bulldogs, finishing a double-double with 16 points and 19 rebounds. Gupilan scored 10 points as well for the Lady Bulldogs, going 8-for-8 from the free throw stripe. Ara Abaca was the lone double-digit scorer for the Lady Archers with 18 points. She also was one rebound short of a double-double performance in the game.
Both NU and DLSU are now tied for second place in the standings with a 5-1 win-loss card. FEU is still unbeaten at 6-0 after beating the UE Amazons, 74-53. The Lady Archers will finish their first round of eliminations assignment on Sunday, August 4, 2013 against the unbeaten FEU Lady Tamaraws at 1:30pm in the FilOil Arena in San Juan City.
NU 64 – Bernardino 16, Gupilan 10, Antiquiera 9, Escoto 8, Abriam 7, Tongco 6, Bonleon 6, Paig 2, Sison 0, Seno 0.
DLSU 55 – Abaca 18, Piatos 9, Corcuera 8, M. Ong 7, Santos 6, Scott 2, Revillosa 2, Gonzales 2, Claro 1, Vergara 0, Ramos 0, A. Ong 0, Garcia 0.
Team B still undefeated in FMC
The De La Salle University Green Archers kept their unbeaten slate in the on-going Father Martin’s Cup for developmental teams by beating Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 81-57 last Saturday.
The Green Archers are now 3-0 in the tournament and will face the San Beda College Red Lions next weekend on August 3, 2013 at 12:30pm in San Beda gym.
The locals provided ample support today as Axel Torres, John Boo, and Terrence Mustre carried the scoring cudgels along with Ben Mbala to lead the fight for the Green Archers. Mbala and Abu Tratter led the team on the defensive end by protecting the paint and getting those boards to fuel DLSU’s fastbreak attack especially in the 4th quarter.