Round-Up: Archers look to bounce back in Game 2, Green Paddlers are champs and other news
The De La Salle Green Paddlers defeated FEU 2-0 to run away with the UAAP Men’s Table Tennis championship yesterday. The Lady Paddlers, who swept the eliminations, were unfortunately thrice defeated by UP 0-3 in the finals to finish second.
The Lady Shuttlers lost to Ateneo in Game 2 of their championship series last Wednesday to place second.
Here are results from yesterday’s NCAA Basketball games
EAC (8-7) def. CSB (5-9), 85-83.
EAC (85) – Happi 20, Tayongtong 17, King 16, Arquero 12, Paguia 7, Jamon 6, Morada 5, Manga 2, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0
CSB (83) – Taha 20, Jonson 13, Romero 13, Grey 12, Bartolo 6, Ongtenco 6, Garcia 5, Sinco 2, Argamino 0, Carlos 0
Quarters: 12-18, 37-32, 61-59, 85-83
LSGH (10-4) def. EAC (2-13), 92-58
LSGH (92) — Rivero 29, Paras 24, RP Rivero 8, Gob 8, San Juan 6, R. Rivero 6, Barrera 6, Lozada 3, Alcala 2, Salonga 0, Lanot 0.
EAC (58) — Aguilar 17, Alafriz 14, J. Piopongco 6, Rafael 5, A. Piopongco 5, Dultra 4, Meana 3, Redido 2, Fandialan 2, Palileo 0, Cervantes 0, Gavino 0, Francisco 0, Bacarisa 0, Escala 0.
Quarters: 20-13, 34-25, 66-48, 92-58.
Here are articles on the DLSU-UST Finals published around the web.
Sauler left to rue flat start but refuses to blame Archers’ inexperience for letdown
“We couldn’t get ourselves going because Arnold and Jason were called for two early fouls,” said Sauler, whose team had to mount a huge second quarter comeback after trailing by as many as 2-18 in the opening period.
While Van Opstal and Perkins finally got their game going in the second half, the UST triumvirate of Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and Jeric Teng took control in the deciding period to claim the opener of the best-of-three series.
“Arnold and Jason, we wanted them to get touches. Hopefully, we can get more touches because that is where we generate our offense,” said Sauler.
The soft-spoken La Salle coach said the Archers will continue to rely on their inside game during the series after Van Opstal finished with 13 points while Perkins had a double-double effort of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
“If UST feels it can defend us in the post, then that’s fine with us. We will keep milking the post. If they collapse, then we just have to tell our guards to be open and ready to shoot the shots that they are taking,” said Sauler.
Jeric Teng on shoving match with brother Jeron: ‘Walang personalan’
The two playing sons of former PBA player Alvin Teng tangled in the second quarter of the Tigers’ 73-72 victory in the series opener as they tried to jockey for position for a rebound.
The older Jeric was seen holding on to the bigger and bulkier Jeron, who tried to keep his brother at bay with an elbow. The two ended up shoving each other during a deadball.
The scene ended with a staredown before referees stepped in and warned both players for second motion.
After the game, Jeric Teng said the heated skirmish was normal considering what is at stake in the championship series. He also believes that Jeron feels the same way, too.
“Katulad ng sinasabi ko, gusto namin parehas manalo,” said Jeric Teng. “Walang personalan ‘yun kasi finals na ito.”
La Salle coach says Ferrer ‘killed us’
From Yahoo Sports
“They just shot better in all departments. It’s going to be hard to win if your opponent is shooting that better,” he rued, referring to the Tigers’ efficient 26-of-60 (43.3 percent) shooting from the field, highlighted by seven triples.
Nobody among the Espana-based cagers made more offensive damage than lanky forward Kevin Ferrer, who exploded for 20 points, spiked by five triples, including a clutch one at the top of the key that pushed them further ahead 73-69 with 41.6 seconds to play.
Karim Abdul produced a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds while skipper Jeric Teng added 17 markers but Sauler admitted “it was who Ferrer who killed us.”
Green Archers down but not out
From Yahoo Sports
In Game 2, La Salle can’t leave anything to chance. The Tigers will surely go all out to grab the title they failed to get last year. And they have every necessary ingredient to complete the job, especially with a solid starting five.
Not to many adjustments are needed. After all, Game 1 was as close as it can get. But I would love to see this series go the distance, which means I will be slightly rooting for La Salle in Game 2, just to extend the fun.
LA SALLE COACH: ARCHERS TO MAINTAIN SAME MINDSET, PLAY BETTER OFFENSE IN GAME 2
From Solar Sports
Keep improving and do better next game.”
That has been the staple of Coach Juno Sauler’s post-game interviews for the past three months. After their heartbreaking Game 1 defeat, he relayed the same message again.
Only this time, he pointed out the specific things the Archers needed to work on for Game 2.
“We just have to make sure we don’t do that again in the next game,” said the La Salle coach, referring to the bad start when his team went down by as much as 16 points in the opening period.
Much of the damage in the first quarter was done by Kevin Ferrer, who finished the game with 20 points, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.
“We’ll have to take away those shots of Ferrer and make sure we challenge every shot they take from the perimeter,” stressed Sauler, whose team allowed UST to shoot 51.4% on outside shots.
One positive for La Salle, however, was their potency inside the paint. In Wednesday’s loss, the Archers gained a 44-14 scoring advantage in the post, something that Sauler revealed they will continue to capitalize on in Game 2.
DLSU’s Perkins glad to have mom around as he bids to win UAAP title on first try
The De La Salle Green Archers’ forward’s Filipino mother, Jennifer, has arrived from the US precisely to show her support as the wide-bodied Perkins tries to win win a UAAP title right on his first try.
Perkins’ mother arrived in the country just in time to see his son play in Game One of their title series against University of Santo Tomas and is staying for the duration of the title series.
The left-handed Perkins said he is happy that his mother came all the way from Minnesota to see him play and vowed to do everything to play well.
“I’m really happy,” Perkins said. “It’s always nice to have my mom proud.”
“Whenever I can put a smile on my mother, I’m happy too,” added Perkins.
From ‘slow, non-athletic’ Archer in nineties, Sauler turns into unlikely De La Salle savior
JUNO Sauler describes himself as the “slow, non-athletic” member of the De La Salle team that lost out to University of Santo Tomas in the 1994 UAAP men’s basketball finals.
Now he is regarded as the Archers’ unlikely savior.
Sauler has turned a season that started chaotically for the Archers into a special one as he and the team stand on the verge of the school’s first league championship in six years.
Archers hero Aldeguer says Finals spotlight never fails to bring best out of UST
ONE by one, the memories came flooding back the moment Dino Aldeguer learned that University of Santo Tomas had arranged a UAAP men’s basketball Finals showdown with his alma mater La Salle.
The most cherished memory, of course, is his three-point basket against the UST Tigers that forced overtime in the deciding game of the 1999 Finals, and eventually keyed the Green Archers’ successful title defense, forever making him a hero in the eyes of the La Salle faithful.
Before that crowning glory, there were also some tough memories. He would remember the time when UST went unbeaten in three Finals matchups with La Salle from 1994 to 1996. And when he suited up, Aldeguer remembered his matchups with the overachieving Tigers.
“Yung pawis ko pag kalaban sila, my golly, balde-balde,” he recalled in a phone conversation with Spin.ph. “It’s just difficult to play UST.”
For some reason, the Tigers simply play better in the finals, Aldeguer added.
Time for a Throwback Pic
Photo Courtesy of Isagani Garcia, The LaSallian
Game 1: 1999 UAAP Finals
Don Allado picks up rookie BJ Manalo after the latter missed a shot that could have won it for the Green Archers against UST in Game 1. La Salle went on to win the next two matches to win their second-straight championship.
“It ain’t Over ’till it’s Over”