Even without their main backcourt tandem, the De La Salle Green Archers easily disposed the University of San Carlos Cebu Warriors, 71-51 to advance to the next round of the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championships at The Arena in San Juan today.
The Archers will await the winner of tomorrow’s match-up between University of the Visayas and University of the East in the round of eight on Sunday. UAAP champion Ateneo as well as San Beda and Mapua have already moved on to the next phase of the tournament having beaten their respective foes earlier.
Despite the huge winning margin, the Archers played sluggishly the entire game with 19 turnovers and a 40% clip from the foul line. According to coach Franz Pumaren, the team was not able to fully prepare for this tournament. Aside from academic commitments, several Archers are currently playing in the ongoing PBL conference thus they were unable to practice as a complete unit.
La Salle, who were without guards Simon Atkins and L.A. Revilla were led by veteran JV Casio with 13 points. The team also received significant contributions from Hyram Bagatsing and Peejay Barua.
DLSU – 71 – Casio 13, Bagatsing 11, Barua 11, Mangahas 8, Walsham 5, Maierhofer 5, Mendoza 4, Webb 4, Malabes 4, Chandumal 3, Ferdinand 3, Lee 0, Villanueva 0.
USC – 51 – Hermosa 13, Rowe 9, Padillo 8, Joven 7, Codilla 4, Cortez 3, Cantonao 3, Bautista 3, Blanes 1, Bakker 0, Bercede 0, Igao 0, Gallarde 0, Vitug 0.