The Green Archers triumphed over the UE Warriors at the start of the second round yesterday, dominating UE for most of the 2nd half to romp to a 70-61 victory yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum. JV led the Archers' charge with 25 points after coming off a so-so performance in the previous game against the same team. The Archer bench also came through with 34 points to ably support the starters. With the win, the Archers stayed in second place with a 6-win, 2 loss record, while dropping UE to 4-4. Marko and Simon, two of the Archers who were injured in the first game, did not play. Marko is out for the season, but came to Araneta to lend his support. Simon, still plagued with headaches after his head bounced on the floor, watched the game on tv.
The Green Archers were battered and bruised but not bowed in losing to UE last Saturday, 62-68. Four Archers hit the floor, with two of the Archers forced out of the game with serious injuries early in the first quarter. Simon Atkins had to be rushed to the hospital after hitting the back of his head on the floor while defending against a driving Warrior. Marko suffered a season-ending ACL injury to the same knee that he spent a year rehabilitating. James went down on a sprained ankle but heroically came back to lead the Archers' scoring. Rico banged his knee against another player, and lay on the court for a few minutes until he could be helped back to the bench. Despite these early setbacks, the Archers fought back valiantly to cut the margin to six at the final buzzer.
The Green Archers hurdled their opponents last week with relative ease, beating the Adamson Falcons, 76-61 last Thursday, and UP Maroons, 82-60 last Saturday at the Philsports Arena. With the twin victories, the Archers logged their fifth and sixth victories after an opening day loss.
Displaying the team play that earned for them the championship plum last season, the DLSU Green Archers demolished the UP Fighting Maroons, 82-60, to claim their fifth straight win in six games in UAAP Season 71 Men's Basketball at the Philsports Arena.