Round Up: The Green Archers are on a roll, Jr Archers get first win in 2nd round and other news
Zobel gets first win in 2nd round
The Junior Archers defeated UPIS 61-50 yesterday for their first win in the second round of the UAAP Junior’s Basketball season. DLSZ remains at 3rd place in the standings at 6-4 behind NU and Ateneo.
DLSZ 61 – Subido 25, Banzon 12, Sajulga 9, Abanilla 7, Romero 4, Maldinger 4, Vizmonte 0, Tuason 0, Quintos 0, Perez 0, Paraiso 0, Melecio 0, Isaac 0, Castro 0, Cabarrus 0.
UPIS 50 – Sablan 19, Dario 15, General 4, Gregorio 3, Gomez De Liano 3, Ragos 2, Lopez 2, Labao 2, Vergeire 0, Tupaz 0, Santiago 0, Pajarillaga 0, Chua 0.
Quarter scoring: 16-8, 36-16, 48-37, 61-50.
Green Archers are on a roll
After finishing the first round in 5th place at 3-4, the Green Archers are so far undefeated in the second round. They are currently on a 3-game winning streak.
DE La Salle is on a roll and will have the benefit of a long rest ahead of their second meeting with longtime rival Ateneo this season.
The Green Archers, currently on a three-game win streak that has put them within striking distance of the current UAAP tournament leaders, will be on a six-day break prior to their Saturday showdown against the five-time defending champions.
That should put the Green Archers in a good position to repeat their 82-73 win over Ateneo in their first meeting last July 7, which was also their first win over the Blue Eagles in six meetings.
“It’s been a while since we last played them,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler, looking forward to another match-up with their longtime nemesis. “We still get to watch them in two games.”
La Salle goes into the marquee match-up in fine form, going on a mini-run capped by a 77-66 victory over league-leading Far Eastern University last August 18.
Sauler attributes the Archers’ rise in the standings to the chemistry the team appears to have finally developed under its rookie coach ,who took over La Salle just weeks before the start of Season 76.
Kib Montalbo Stepping Up
With lead point guard Thomas Torres sidelined to start the second round, rookie Kib Montalbo was able to see more playing time and has contributed significantly in the team’s wins.
AFTER patiently riding the bench in the early part of the season, highly recruited guard Kib Montalbo is slowly but surely gaining a place in De La Salle’s backcourt rotation.
The Bacolod high school star has been repaying La Salle coach Juno Sauler’s faith, playing quality minutes for the Green Archers in their recent climb up the standings that saw them win three straight games for a 6-4 win-loss slate.
Montalbo has averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in his last three games while his playing time rose from 3.3 minutes in three games in the first round to 15 minutes a game as he shared playmaking duties with LA Revilla after starter Thomas Torres went out with an illness.
“I just stepped up,” Montalbo said. “Wala si Thomas so we need to step up. Siyempre kinuha nila ako so I have to show my talent. Tinutulungan naman ako ni coach.”
Thomas Torres out for Sunday’s game due to suspension
The bad news: Thomas Torres will be suspended for 1 game after incurring his 2nd unsportsmanlike foul this season.
DE La Salle guard Thomas Torres has been slapped with an automatic one-game suspension by the UAAP for incurring a second unsportsmanlike foul this season, leaving him out of the Archers’ match against archrival Ateneo on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Archers’ starting point guard was called for his second unsportsmanlike foul during the team’s 85-63 win over the University of the Philippines Maroons last August 24.
With the decision of UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga, Torres will have to sit out the Green Archers’ rematch against the Blue Eagles at a time when he is just regaining his form after missing a few games due to flu-like symptoms.
UE’s Mammie and Casajeros suspended
Both players will be out against DLSU on Sept 4.
UNIVERSITY of the East stars Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros are set to be meted with two-game suspensions by the UAAP Commissioner’s Office with two important games coming up for the Red Warriors.
According to league sources, Commissioner Chito Loyzaga decided to ban Mammie and Casajeros following a video review of separate incidents involving Far Eastern University star Terrence Romeo during Sunday’s match which the Tamaraws won in double overtime, 98-94.
Mammie was suspended for a second time by the league for a play that saw Romeo land on his foot while taking a three-point shot early in the fourth quarter, aggravating an ankle injury he sustained in practice.
It will be the second suspension slapped on the 6-7 UE center, who was hit with a one-game ban for “confronting, pushing, and kicking” Adamson’s Roider Cabrera in a scuffle that occurred after the Red Warriors lost to the Falcons, 71-78, last July 11.