UAAP: Teng nails game-winner to lift La Salle past Ateneo


MANILA, Philippines — La Salle gained separation from Ateneo in the race to the final four after a thrilling 66-64 win, thanks to Jeron Teng, Sunday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Teng shrugged off a lackluster game and bailed the Green Archers out with a leaning clutch jumper with 1.9 seconds left, allowing them to get a full game edge in the standings.

La Salle improved to 7-4 and nabbed solo third, while Ateneo dropped to 6-5 and tied with University of Santo Tomas at fourth place.

With the time winding down and a tied game, the former rookie-of-the-year took it strong to the hoop and past defense of Ateneo’s Chris Newsome.

“I just told him to make good decisions. He made a good read there, he wasn’t double teamed,” said head coach Juno Sauler.

“All throughout the game, I couldn’t get my rhythm. But in the last play, I’m thankful that coach trusted me with the last play,” Teng, who only had eight points, said.

Almond Vosotros sizzled with 19 points, carrying the load for the Green Archers when Teng rode the bench in the third because of foul trouble.

After starting the fourth period with the lead, the Blue Eagles were made to play catch up in the last five minutes after the Green Archers took a 57-53 lead.

Down 59-63, Ateneo leaned on a triple by Ryan Buenafe, with 41.9 seconds left, then later on a drive from Kiefer Ravena to knot the game.

But Ravena left enough time on the clock — a 14.5 ticks — for the Green Archers to take the last shot, which Teng capitalized.

Juami Tiongson led the Blue Eagles with 14 markers while Nico Elorde added 13. Ravena had 12, but had five turnovers.

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  • jcsantos

    Congrats to both teams who played with great skill and a lot of heart.

    People who weren’t so great during the game: Ravena, Perasol and the referees

  • Jet Pilot

    ADMU=rich, Conyo, spoiled, mahangin pa pag naka jacket ng ateneo law school akala mo ang talino haha

    • iceman

      hindi lahat ng atenista ganyan. pero marami ngang ganun sa law school. lalo na yung mga asa frat. masyadong pa-cool eh. estudyante pa lang naman.

      • Jet Pilot

        oh well i guess you’re right. i just hate it when these atenians wear their beloved jacket na “law school” student tapos ganun umasta..bakit naman kasi ganun diba? anyways cheers man

  • out of order

    time for ateneo to go back to the dark ages

  • jojo webmail

    ADMU students = rich spoiled, and intelligent.
    DLSU students = rich spoiled, and umm… have nice cars.

  • nes911

    Ravena made a boo-boo goal during that last 14 sec. Had he waited for a few more seconds, the game could have undergone into another overtime and possibly had the chance to win the game but luck was not kind for the team. Congrats to teng for the winning basket.

  • Sir_Kit

    Animo La Salle!!!

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