Free-Throw Shooting betrays Archers in loss to Falcons
La Salle’s bid to gain a share of second place in the standings got derailed by a gritty Adamson squad who prevailed 66-58 today. The Green Archers drop to solo 4th place with a 3-3 card while the Falcons are now tied with FEU at 4-2.
How it happened
They allowed the Falcons to get off to a hot start while their offense went ice cold for a long stretch. La Salle played catch-up the rest of the way and while they were able to close in on the lead on several occasions, Adamson seem to always find a way to make their shots when needed.
Our shooters failed to show-up as the team just went 1 of 10 from beyond the arc. And to top it all off, the Archers shot a very dismal 9 of 23 from the foul line.
The missed free throws cost them the game and nothing else. Yes we could go on and attribute the loss to the rather unfavorable officiating or Adamson being lucky from the perimeter but hey, if La Salle did well with their foul shots they could have won the match despite all the calls that did not go their way.
The breaks and opportunities were there. The missed free throws, the missed open lay-ups, the Archers have no one to blame but themselves for this loss.
Credit should be given to the Falcons for their defense. Oda and LA were just held to 4 and 2 points respectively. On a positive note, Norbert Torres finally got his breakout game as he led the team with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Stat of the game
39% foul shooting. Nuff said.
The Archers will face UST on Thursday to close out the first round.
AdU 66 – Alvarez 18, Lozada 14, Nuyles 12, Camson 11, Etrone 4, Manyara 3, Brondial 2, Canada 2, Colina 0, Cabrera 0.
DLSU 58 – Torres 14, Andrada 11, Marata 9, Vosotros 6, Tampus 4, de la Paz 4, Villanueva 4, Revilla 2, Paredes 2, Atkins 2, Van Opstal 0, Webb 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarters: 21-13; 35-23; 49-45; 66-58.