This time, free throws lift La Salle


LA REVILLA (left) of La Salle soars for a layup against Adamson’s Antonio Iñigo. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

THE FREE throws that doomed La Salle in recent meltdowns saved the Green Archers this time.

Jeron Teng and Norbert Torres canned five of six free throws inside the last 41 seconds as the Green Archers survived Adamson’s furious rally, 70-67, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m still not satisfied with how we finished the game,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler after the Archers  blew a 15-point advantage, 65-50, in the last five minutes.

“We have to learn how to play for four quarters. We played good for three quarters, but in the end, we turned the ball over, gave second-chance opportunities to our opponents.”

The Green Archers spoiled the Falcons’ bid to stay in the top two with Santo Tomas grabbing solo second with a 4-2 record.

The Tigers, with Aljon Mariano and Clark Bautista taking over in the final quarter, held off the University of the Philippines Maroons, 79-69, in the first game.

The Archers and the Falcons wound up with similar 3-3 records like idle University of the East and National University.

Teng, who has been shooting miserably from the foul line, nailed two clutch free throws that gave the Archers the lead, 67-65, with 41.9 seconds left after the Falcons staged a 15-0 outburst that tied the game at 65.

“I’ve been really focused on improving my free throws,” said Teng.

Torres shot a couple more free throws with 15.9 ticks left off an unsportsmanlike foul slapped on Adamson’s Lloyd Abrigo.

“It wasn’t a foul, both players were jockeying for position,” a livid Adamson coach Leo Austria said of the controversial call that awarded the Archers two free throws plus possession in the dying seconds.

Torres finished with 13 points and Jason Perkins had 13 points and 13 boards for the Archers, who recovered from heartbreakers versus Far Eastern U and University of the East.

The scores:

First Game

UST 79–Mariano 18, Ferrer 16, Abdul 14, Bautista 12, Lo 9, So 4, Daquioag 4, Pe 2, Tan 0, Macasaet 0, Lao 0, Hainga 0, Faundo 0.

UP 69–Marata 16, Lao 9, Wong 7, Pascual 7, Ball 7, Ligad 6, Ginerich 5, Suarez 4, Harris 4, Asilum 4, Gallarza 0.

Quarters: 21-15, 35-31, 56-48, 79-69

Second Game

LA SALLE 70—N. Torres 13, Perkins 13, Teng 12, Vosotros 11, Van Opstal 10. Revilla 6, T. Torres 3, Dela Paz 2, Tampus 0, Salem 0, Bolick 0.

ADAMSON 67—Trollano 14, Cruz 13 Abrigo 10, Cabrera 9, Iñigo 7, Brondial 6, Sewa 5, Agustin 2, Julkipli 1, Rios 0, Petilos 0, Monteclaro 0.

Quarters: 18-7, 35-22, 55-42, 70-67

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  • archerfan

    not a win that they should be excited about. call or no call, they again allowed their opponent to comeback and in a very short time. whats the coaches doing?? this team still has no system. vosotros and teng are still playing for themselves, specially vosotros who will shoot even if he has open team mates or has 20 seconds left on the clock. plus, he is a denfensive liability. and sauler still opts to demurely sit down instead of barking instructions.

    • ben987654321

      ano pare, nasa “script” ba yan? is it according to your conspiracy theory? was there a behind the scenes wheeling dealing for salsal to win the game? binayaran ba ni danding yung adamson at mga referee? oh, nasaan ang mga wild theories mo ngayon?

      • archerfan

        hindi kita pare brad. tanong mo na lang si coach. obviously wala kang alam sa nangyayari kasi bleacher fan ka lang. tsaka kung marunong kang umintidi o bumasa dapat alam mo sinabi ko, haayyy. alam mo ba kung bakit dati natangal si zamar sa ue? alam mo ba kung san nag meeting si palou at montinola? alam mo kung bakit sumakit tyan bigla ni capacio nung kalaban ateneo? kung di mo masagot yan, makinig ka na lang sa radyo.

      • ben987654321

        lalong hindi kita brad. saan mo narinig yang mga chismis mo sa barbero mo? mukhang wala sa radyo yang mga pinagsasabi mno. di ko alam detective or stalker ka pala para malaman mo yung mga pinagsasabi mo. o baka naman x-files fan ka at gagawa ka na lang ng dossier sa ateneo? walal ka na bang ibang magawa kundi mag-imbento ng storya? kawawa ka naman. hirap sayo pag kalaban ng salsal ang nanalo may conspiracy theory ka. pero kung controversial call ang nagpanalo sa salsal. fair game yun! eh ikaw sige tuloy mo pakikinig dyan sa barber mo. buhay mo naman yan

  • Si Lito Ako

    The referee helped them escaped…wrong call….

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