Round-Up: DLSU wins FMC opener; Lady Archers now 4-0, Blazer’s skid continues and other news


Green Archers defeat NU in FMC opener

The Green Archers Developmental Team edged NU Team B 66-60 yesterday in the opening of the Father Martin’s Cup at the San Beda Gym.

The team is led by Ben Mbala, Abu Tratter, Julian Sargent, Yankee Haruna, Terrence Mustre and Axel Torres. Head coach is Oliver Bunyi

Their next games below, all in the same venue.

July 14, 20139:30am vs. NU
July 20, 2013 11:00am vs. UP
July 27, 2013 2:00pm vs. EAC
August 3, 201312:30pm vs. San Beda


Lady Archers maintain unblemished record

By Vic Hapin

The De La Salle Lady Archers stayed unbeaten after four games in the First Round of eliminations in the UAAP Season 76 Women’s Basketball Tournament by defeating the UP Fighting Lady Maroons, 59-39.

The Fighting Lady Maroons kept the game close in the first half through the outside sniping of Katrinne Topacio, Sheerose Luna, and Iriss Isip. The Lady Archers were paced by Trisha Piatos’ two triples and finishing six points in the first half.

The Lady Archers turned up the defensive pressure in the 3rd quarter as they gave up only six points to the Fighting Lady Maroons and scoring ninteen on their own to establish a double-digit lead at the end of the 3rd quarter at 45-28 and never relinquished it through the final quarter. The Lady Archers capitalized on the Fighting Lady Maroons’ turnovers as DLSU scored 18 points off turnovers while UP only had 5 for the whole game.

Ara Abaca led the Lady Archers with 12 points supported by Alyanna Ong with 10 markers. The Fighting Lady Maroons were led by their tired pivot, Patricia Tatel with 10 points. She was the lone double-digit scorer for UP. She also logged 38 minutes in the game.

Box Scores:
DLSU 59 – Abaca 12, A. Ong 10, Piatos 6, M. Ong 6, Garcia 6, Corcuera 5, Scott 4, Santos 4, Claro 4, Vergara 1, Ramos 1, Revillosa 0, Pineda 0, Oyao 0, Melendres 0, Gonzales 0.

UP 39 – Tatel 10, Luna 6, Furagganan 6, Topacio 5, Wong 4, Salapong 4, Isip 4, Pioquinto 0, Lapid 0, Daez 0, Aurellado 0, Aliermo 0.

Quarter Scores: 9-8, 26-22, 45-28, 59-39.


NCAA: Another heartbreaker for CSB. LSGH gets 3rd win

Since the start of the season, that first win has eluded College of St. Benilde by the slimmest of margins. They again fell for the fourth time last Saturday against league-leading Letran 60-61.

With Letran leading by just two, 61-59 with 25 ticks left, as the shot clock was winding down, Mark Cruz got whistled for a foul on Luis Sinco. The third year guard just made a three point attempt and got hacked by Cruz. The shifty guard of St. Benilde only made one out of his three attempts.

Ironically, after trailing in the entirety of the second half, a three-point connection from Sinco at then1:36 mark of the fourth momentarily gave the Blazers the lead, 56-57. Free throws from Raymond Almazan and Racal gave the lead back to Letran, 59-57 with 52 ticks left. An undergoal stab from Mark Romero off an assist from Robert Bartolo again forced a deadlock at 59-all.

Box Scores:

CSJL 61 — Racal 18, Cruz 13, Almazan 9, Nambatac 7, Publico 4, Gabawan 4, Belorio 3, Ruaya 2, Dysam 1, Tambeling 0, Luib 0, Buenaflor 0.

CSB 60 — Romero 18, Taha 10, Bartolo 8, Grey 6, Saavedra 5, Argamino 5, Ongteco 4, Sinco 4, Carlos 0, Garcia 0, Deles 0.

Quarter Scores: 17-13, 31-31, 46-41, 61-60

La Salle Greenhills meanwhile thrashed Letran 64-42 to improve their record to 3-1 in the juniors division.

Box Scores

LSGH 64 — Rashleigh Rivero 26, San Juan 14, Ramilo 9,Paras 7, Barrera 4, Gob 2, Ricci Rivero 2, Dela Cruz 0, Salonga 0, Alcala 0, Abadeza 0, Rasheed Rivero 0, Lanot 0.

CSJL  42 — Villanueva 11, Gederia 10, Balanza 7, Ramirez 7, Sazon 4, Gonzales 2, Castro 1, Alacre 0, Vinluan 0.

Quarter Scores: 23-4, 36-9, 53-21, 64-42.


Blazers still lacking the endgame maturity

All of CSB’s losses were decide by 2 points or less. Head coach Gabby Velasco rues the team’s ability to immaturity in end-game situations.

“I’m satisfied in a sense that we’re trying hard each game, but at the end of the day, it’s still a loss. You cannot just accept it like that.”

“We have to mature,” Velasco added. “This is where the boys are separated from the men, so probably wala pa kami dun siguro.”

But what else can he do other than be optimistic?

“You will really encounter obstacles, pain, but we’re still positive. Hopefully we’ll learn and handle situations like this in the future.”

“We’re still looking for that elusive win,” Velasco added. “Once we get that first win, we’re hopeful things will turn around.”


Green Archers need to learn how to Close it Out.

Following La Salle’s sorry loss to FEU last Saturday, head coach Juno Sauler believes the team still has a lot to learn on how to close out games.

The Green Archers saw their 13-point lead evaporate in the final 2 and half minutes as FEU forced overtime and eventually won the match. Situation was almost similar in their last Fil-Oil game versus San Beda.

It’s not really a major collapse. We just have to learn how to close it out. We missed shots, they (Tamaraws) made it.  That’s basketball,” offered Sauler, whose team dropped to an even 2-2 record following the heartbreaker.

Sauler noted their free throws were not just the glaring weakness the Archers had after the game, as he also pointed to the team’s overall shot selection and defense.

“We just have to keep improving on our free throws, basically in all aspect like field goal percentage, cut down on our turnovers, play better defense as well because we gave up a lot of easy points in transition,” noted the soft-spoken mentor.

“We just have to go back to the drawing board, review, study, and adjust what we need to adjust.”


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