The Green Archers failed to play their usual game last Saturday and went down to the fired-up FEU Tamaraws, 75-83 at the Philsports Arena. Except for the first quarter which ended in a 14-all tie, the Archers were outscored in the last three quarters, 18-23 (Q2), 15-17 (Q3), and 28-29 (Q4). The defense was inconsistent, with the Archers allowing the tams to tally 83 points. This represented the highest score of a La Salle opponent so far this UAAP season.
The Green Archers wanted to give a winning send-off for Coach Franz Pumaren, who will be missing the Archers final three elimination games to coach the RP Youth Team, but the FEU Tamaraws wanted to have a party of their own as the Morayta-based squad score an 83-75 victory over the defending champions.
Coming from a 1-week layoff, the Green Archers came out flat and fell behind by as many as 15 points before recovering in the second half to overwhelm the NU Bulldogs 79-67 last Saturday at the Philsports Arena. A combination of factors may have lulled the Archers into thinking that NU would be easy pickings: the relatively easy first round 93-69 victory, the 2-7 W-L record of the Bulldogs, and the injuries Jahnke and Garcia suffered against UE. Boy were they wrong.