Archers drub Bulldogs in extra session
La Salle is back to its usual deadly form.
The Green Archers put themselves in contention for the quarterfinals after defeating National University, 81-74, in overtime Wednesday in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Green Archers started strong in the extra five-minute stretch, scoring six unanswered, which proved to be the decisive run in securing their second win in four matches.
The Bulldogs finished the elimination round with a 4-3 card. They are hoping to finish ahead of University of Santo Tomas (3-2) and San Beda (2-2) in Group A.
A three-point play by Sam Marata triggered La Salle’s run in overtime followed by a split by Maui Villanueva and a key hole jumper by Norbert Torres for a 74-68 Green Archers lead.
The Bulldogs were able to come to within a basket, 74-72, after Bobby Ray Parks made two free throws and a jumper in a separate play, but Almond Vosotros hit a three-point play with 1:30 left in the extra period game to give the Green Archers some cushion.
“They are a tough team, but we ran well-executed plays in overtime which was enough for us to take the win,” said La Salle coach Dindo Pumaren, whose team is fresh from a training in Chicago.
Vosotros finished with 17 points while Torres added 15 markers. LA Revilla had 12 points while Marata added 10 points.
The Green Archers cruised to a 60-53 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Parks erupted to cut it to one point, 59-60.
Glenn Khobuntin broke a 63-all deadlock with a split free throws, 3:47 left in the game before Joel Betayene drilled a short stab for a three-point NU lead , 68-65, with 1:40 left in the game.
Marata, however, saved the day for the Green Archers hitting a game-tying three-pointer with 1:22 left in the game, setting up an overtime.
La Salle’s win overshadowed Parks’ output as the Fil-Am rookie standout led all scorers with 29 points. He sent the NU crowd roaring after a left-handed dunk over Papot Paredes before the end of the second quarter. – RCJ, Reuben Terrado, GMA News
DLSU 81 – Vosotros 17, Torres 15, Revilla 12, Marata 10, de la Paz 7, Webb 6, Villanueva 4, Paredes 2, Mendoza 2, Van Opstal 2, Tampus 2, Gotladera 2, Andrada 0
NU 74 – Parks 29, Betayene 10, Khobuntin 9, Celiz 9, Singh 7, Villamor 4, Magat 3, Roño 2, Terso 1, Neypes 0, Ignacio 0, Eman 0, Celda 0
Quarter scoring: 23-13, 43-32, 60-53, 68-68, 81-74
Highlight of the game – The Archers shot well from the foul line. Hope this keeps up.