Round-Up: Junior Archers win season debut, Former Archer Joseph Marata faces his old team and the mysterious ballpen
Renzo Subido buried two free throws in the last 3.5 seconds to lift La Salle-Zobel past Adamson University in overtime, 84-80.
Quinito Banzon had a superb outing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals while Subido chipped in 18 markers for the Junior Archers.
DLSZ (84) – Banzon 25, Subido 18, Sajulga 14, Maldinger 10, Melecio 6, Isaac 5, Cabarrus 4, Abanilla 2, Paraiso 0, Quintos 0, Romero 0
AdU (80) – Quinga 24, Casino 17, Munsayac 11, Nemenzo 9, Navarro 7, Camacho 5, Beltran 3, De Guzman 2, Madriaga 2, Jamias 0, Morelos 0, Villos 0
Quarterscores: 13-20, 40-35, 52-55, 74-74, 84-80
After last Saturday’s loss to UST, coach Juno Sauler admitted that the Archers needs to bring the energy right from the get-go.
“The one thing we need to address is how we start. It would be nice to start at a high level and finish at a high level. We just have to work on this, how we start ball games,” said Sauler in an interview with Solar Sports Desk.
“We just have to keep working on things in practice and improve the things we need to improve on,” added the rookie coach, upon realizing that the team committed 24 turnovers.
On the controversial ballpen also from last game, UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato supports the referee’s decision to call an official’s timeout when the ballpen was found on the court during live play.
Deputy commissioner Ato Badolato explained the referees did the right thing in the game which University of Santo Tomas won in overtime, 63-58, even if the timeout gave the Archers undue advantage since it allowed them to call a timeout to set up the game-tying basket late in regulation.
“May nakitang ballpen sa court. Whether intentional or unintentional, hindi natin alam. Pero the moment the referees call an officials timeout, the game clock stops. So anyone can call a timeout,” said Badolato.
Down by two points in the waning moments of regulation, the Green Archers were setting up for the game-tying play when a ballpen suddenly landed on the floor, forcing referees to call an officials timeout with 21 seconds to go.
Side story to tomorrow’s DLSU-UP match: Joseph Marata faces his old team. A former UAAP Jrs MVP from UPIS, Marata played for the Archers for 3 seasons and in 2010 was instrumental in La Salle’s only UAAP win against admu in the last 5 years.
He eventually left La Salle and went back to UP. After sitting-out last year, he’s back in the league to play his final year of eligibility.
Aside from Marata, there are other La Sallians in the Maroons’ roster this year such as Mikee Reyes (LSGH); JR Gallarza and Andrew Harris who both had a stint in Team B of DLSU and rookie Andre Paras (LSGH).