Green puts Blue in shade

Archers pin 3rd loss on Eagles


PRESSURE’S ON La Salle’s Arnold Van Opstal (7) and Kib Montalbo harass Ateneo’s Nico Elorde as the Green Archers’ defense shifted to high gear in the third quarter of yesterday’s UAAP game at MOA Arena. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

La Salle dealt fierce rival Ateneo a stinging reminder that its glory years in the league may be over.

Rallying from a double-digit deficit, the Green Archers repulsed the defending champion Blue Eagles, 82-73, yesterday and sent Ateneo to its worst start of 0-3 in 16 years in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

Almond Vosotros fueled a huge third-quarter run that saw the Archers outscore the Eagles, 31-16, to finish with 19 points on top of nine rebounds.

Arnold Van Opstal came off the bench to finish with 18 points and Luigi dela Paz delivered key baskets in the final two minutes as the Archers built a 79-72 buffer after the Eagles had threatened within three, 70-73.

“We came into the game knowing this is our time,” said Van Opstal after the Archers improved to 2-1. “They (Eagles) had their time, so we said ‘Let’s make this ours.’”

Before the Archers’ thrilling triumph, the Eagles had won 12 of their 13 meetings in Ateneo’s five-year reign as champs. Now the Eagles are within a loss of matching their four straight defeats at the start of the 1997 season.

Earlier, Far Eastern University roared to its third straight triumph as Terrence Romeo pumped in 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to power the Tamaraws past the University of the Philippines’ Maroons, 75-57.

The Archers trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, 34-48, before dropping a 16-2 bomb that tied the game at 50-all.

Van Opstal completed a three-point play to give the Archers their first lead since the opening minutes, 54-52, then linked up with Vosotros, Dela Paz and Jeron Teng to put the game away.

“Basically, we executed what we were supposed to do on offense,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “We know our strengths and just maximized our abilities.”

Still playing minus injured star Kiefer Ravena, the Eagles looked set to snap out of their 0-2 start as Chris Newsome exploded for a game-high 27 points, including 18 in the first half where they led at 40-28.

RR Garcia also collected 15 points, seven boards and four assists for the Tamaraws, who jumped to a 23-12 start that ballooned to a 29-point lead, 62-33, in the second half.

The scores:
First Game
FEU 75—Romeo 20, Garcia 15, Tolomia 10, Cruz 8, Mendoza 6, Jose 6, Belo 6, Iñigo 2, Aguilon 2. Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Hargrove 0, Delfinado 0.
UP 57—Soyud 10. Ball 9, Lao 7, Amar 6, Wong 4, Marata 4, Gallarza 4, Desiderio 4, Gingerich 3, Suarez 2, Pascual 2, Asilum 2, Paras 0, Ligad 0, Harris 0.
Quarters: 23-12, 41-21, 62-41, 75-57
Second Game
LA SALLE 82—Vosotros 19, Van Opstal 18, Teng 13, Dela Paz 10, Perkins 9, T. Torres 8, N. Torres 5, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Bolick 0.
ATENEO 73—Newsome 27, Tiongson 14, Buenafe 11, Pessumal 10, Erram 6, Elorde 3, Golla 2, Tolentino 0, Capacio 0, Babilonia 0.
Quarters: 16-20, 28-40, 59-56, 82-73

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  • Just_JT

    Glory years are over. It’s back to the dark ages for Ateneo.

    But this Season is not the glory years of La Salle also. It is just that both are mediocre at the same time. But between the two, La Salle is better.

  • archerfan

    when admu wins, inquirer has at least 3 columns trumping up the wins. but when dlsu wins, they get a short column, half of which is the box score. well thats maturity for you.

    • ben987654321

      pare pati dyaryo kina-aasaran mo dahil sa delusion mo on the perceived “success” of salsal. tawag dyan bitter! jeez, get a life! or better yet go to another school, that’s what you get for paying an arm and a leg for tuition in a crappy school

  • archerfan

    oh and RAVENA IS NOT INJURED!!! ask his brother thirdy and his friends. they just want an excuse for loosing!

    • ben987654321

      who gives a cr#p? with or without him, talo pa rin ang ateneo. soooo? nanalo na ba ng championship ang salsal? hindi, di ba? so ano ngayon? what’s your fixation with ravena? I know. baka may crush ka dun ano? ,at di ka pinapansin. o baka kay thirdy? sawa ka na siguro sa syota mong bading na brother dyan sa taft

  • ben987654321

    They (Eagles) had their time, so we said ‘Let’s make this ours”

    this is sooooo funny, time for what? for just beating ateneo? salsal won’t stand a chance vs nu, feu, ue or even ust in a play-off and here they sing hosannas about “their time”. pathetic – shows extreme desperation for success. maybe the school’s time during the days of limpot, allado, cardel IS over. they can’t win anything with this line-up even if they beat ateneo 2 out of 2 in the season.they WERE expected to win over ateneo like I said – pathetic show of joy over nothing.

    • archerfan

      wow so bitter and stupid. or the pain of loosing was just too much for you to take you failed to understand what he meant, which was very simple. cmon, you cant win them all. lwin some, loose some. well what can we expect from things like you. at least this team wins with legit players and doesn’t need and overage, ineligible center to win championships. and dlsu does not need an feu and adu teams to intentionally loose games for us during our run. dlsu does not utilize a patron who pay’s off players from opposing teams just to loose to admu. FACT!

      • ben987654321

        bitter? 5 – I repeat 5 straight uaap championships. how can anybody be so bitter about that? that is a feat only salsal can only dream of. even in your heydays when danding was still bankrolling your program, you couldn’t do it. so what’s to be bitter about? actually, I see ENVY. maybe YOU”RE the one who’s bitter because at the time that ateneo can’t pose any challenge to your team, your chances on the other hand for the championship isn’t even there!! not even close! ue, nu, feu and ust will beat you to it. and don’t talk about “patrons”. danding cojuanco just “donated” php 250mil to your school, not to mention other under the table deals so you can pirate the 2 imports from swu. typical salsalista hypocrisy. F&CK yan! envious na, bitter pa, hypocrite pa. I bet you, salsal won’t even make it to final four – and ateneo is not even in the way! hahahahaha!

    • ben987654321

      “at least this team wins with legit players”,
      were you living in a cave for the last 20 years? didn’t you know that limpot couldn’t even make 50 in the ncee and yet you took him in and he was your top center back then? cardel didn’t even make the grade in high school. didn’t your school forfeit a game before for fielding an illegitimate player? (forgot the name). pare wag ka plastic. stupid? like they say what’s worse than being dumb is not knowing you’re one – tawag dun moron. kaw yun!

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  • nes911

    Ravena’s days are over if it was true that he has some troubles with the coach. But the blue eagles will bounce back. They can still win over UP.

  • archerfan

    can you imagine if newsome stayed with dlsu, who originally recruited him. They would have really good. unfortunately, the grandfather, seeing the financial opportunity, approached mvp and asked for some business and financial favors. and the rest is history. he availed of the pangkabuhayan package thats always available from the mvp group.

  • akramgolteb

    “La Salle dealt fierce rival Ateneo a stinging reminder that its glory years in the league may be over.”

    Not really. Basketball ngayon hindi na pagalingan sa teamplay kung hindi pagalingan maghanap ng import. Maghahanap lang uli ng maraming import na magaling at matatangkad ang Ateneo ayos na naman sila o kung sino mang team ang magaling maghanap ng import at may pambayad.

    • archerfan

      when you say import, yun yung mga walang lahing pinoy tapos pinaglalaro. kagaya ng mga africans ng UST, NU, UE etc. sa admu at dlsu mga fil am menaing isang magulang pinoy like newsome and perkins mga nanay pinay. and kahit may import ka, pag wala team play your not winning.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Lasalle is not even the best team out there. The future is bleak for the Ateneans. Animo La Salle!

    • Mux

      We won by 9, that’s siyam, not anim. Siyamo La Salle! :)

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