Postgame Bullets: DLSU 101 UST 92

  • Still looking for the King Archer? We might as well give the entire team a crown as they certainly played like royalty today. Almost everyone, especially the veterans showed up and brought their “A” (Archer) Game in this come-from-behind double overtime conquest over the UST Tigers.
  • Bader Malabes showed a new facet of his game today. He rarely attempted a shot and he settled more on drive-and-dish plays. He led the team with Hyram Bagatsing in assists with 7.
  • And speaking of Hyram, he is certainly proving himself lately as to why he was chosen as the team’s skipper. Always cool under pressure and willing to take the big shots when needed.
  • And speaking of big shots, Peejay Barua was like Derek Fisher today- hitting a three to send the game to 2nd OT and again nailing one that somehow changed the complexion of the game.
  • This was definitely the breakout game for rookie Arvie Bringas. What a monster game for this kid, top scoring with 21 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. He was unstoppable once given the ball down low. We hope that he would further develop in to that inside threat the team so badly needs.
  • I only mentioned several players here but the win today was a total team effort. The Tigers were just as good earlier but in the end, the Archers’ vast experience in pressure game situations was just too much for them to handle.
  • I’m impressed with UST rookie Jeric Teng. Just like his dad Alvin “Robocop” Teng, he showed toughness and nerves of steel. A prized catch indeed for the Tigers.
  • The Archers may have already found their true identity this season. The players are starting to know their respective roles and be accustomed with the system of Coach Franz. We could probably say that the team has already moved on from the departure of JV and Rico and are ready to face greater challenges ahead this season. And that ultimate challenge is next Sunday against the defending champs.

Side Notes

  • When asked about his impression on the team so far, former Archer JV Casio is confident that they still have what it takes to be a contender. “Kaya naman eh”, he said.
  • Congratulations to Rico Maierhofer as well as PJ Walsham and Mark Benitez for being chosen in today’s PBA Draft. Michael Burstcher, who had a brief stint with Team B was also among the aspirants selected.
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