Saturday, 24 April 2010 5,019 Views / 158 Comments
After trailing most of the way, the De La Salle Green Archers surprised the UAAP defending champions with a heart stopping, 77-74, victory at the 2010 FilOil Flying V Tanduay First Five Invitational Cup held at the Arena in San Juan City last April 24.
In the firstst quarter with less than three minutes left, Gab Banal gave the Green Archers the lead, 15-13, after a Kirk Long 3-pointer from the left wing. Nico Salva, Ryan Buenafe and Juami Tiongson collaborated for a 7-point surge to finish the period on top by 4, 22-18.
Jarelan Tampus, Almond Vosotros and Joshua Webb ignited a 5-0 run at the start of the 2nd quarter to reduce their deficit to just 1-point, 27-28 with 7:40 minutes to play in the 1st half. But Jason Escueta, Nico Salva and Buenafe kept the De La Salle crew of Yutien Andrada, Vosotros, Luigi dela Paz at bay for the time being to close the 1st half with a, 42-38, lead going into the 2nd half.
After a 61-55 lead by Ateneo in the 3rd Quarter, Vosotros, Joseph Marata, and de La Paz went to work as the Green Archers tied the ball game at 70-all with under 3 minutes to play in the 4th quarter with Escueta out of the picture due to foul trouble.
With less than a minute remaining in regulation, in a loose ball possession involving Salamat and Ferdinand, the latter was slapped with a personal foul while the former was given an unsportsmanlike foul for kicking Ferdinand at the groin area. Both were awarded free throws and the ball game was again tied at 72-all.
Ferdinand, Marata and Vosotros combined for 5 points all from the charity stripe to seal the ball game for De La Salle. Krik Long had a chance to put the game into overtime after being fouled in the act of shooting from the 3-point area.
DLSU 77 – Vosotros 13, Webb 12, dela Paz 11, Ferdinand 11, Marata 7, Andrada 6, Tampus 5, Atkins 4, Banal 4, Mendoza 2, Villanueva 2, Elorde 0, Paredes 0.
Ateneo 74 – Buenafe 14, Salva 13, Escueta 11, Long 9, Salamat 9, Tiongson 7, Monfort 6, Burke 4, Golla 1, Austria 0, Chua 0, de Chavez 0, Gonzaga 0.
Quarter scores: 18-22, 38-42, 55-61, 77-74.