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DLSU obliterates UP

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Thursday, 19 August 2010 18 Comments

It was a sad, sad day for the basketball team of the University of the Philippines.

In one last stand to keep their Final Four hopes alive, the Fighting Maroons suffered a terrible beating at the hands of the De La Salle University Green Archers as they defeated UP, 84-63 last Thursday, August 19, 2010 inside the historic Araneta Coliseum. The loss eliminated UP from Final Four contention in the 73rd season of the UAAP.

“Our game plan was to start strong and to outhustle UP. In the second half, I told the boys to share the ball and also to crash the boards,” said DLSU head coach Dindo Pumaren.

His players followed his instructions as the Green Archers as a team outrebounded the Fighting Maroons, 52-48 and forced the Katipunan based squad to turn the ball over 28 times.

Maui Villanueva, a former UPIS player in the juniors division of the league, played a splendid all-around game scoring 14 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, dishing out 3 assists with 2 steals.

“Defensively, mas aggressive kami. Yun ang palaging sinasabi ni coach sa amin, ‘Be aggressive sa loob ng court’ especially sa defense kasi doon nag-sstart yung offense namin. Nag-pay-off naman and that’s how we won this game,” said Villanueva.

Going into the season, UP had high expectations as the team paraded in a solid core along with a great batch of blue-chip rookies. However, the tournament has been a big disappointment for them as the team has been surrounded by setbacks, controversy and they have yet to win a single game. Head coach Aboy Castro has left the team indefinitely and former rookie of the year, Woody Co tore his right fascia in the first round.

Things took another scary turn for UP in what has become a season to forget as athletic guard, Mark Lopez fell down awkwardly on his right knee at the 4:38 mark of the third period. He had to be carried out of the court on a stretcher with his right knee wrapped in a brace.

According to the UP medical staff, Lopez felt a “pop” on his right knee upon landing and may have suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament.

And, the nightmare wasn’t over yet. Woody Co, who has been gutting it out in his final year, playing with injury, sprained his right foot, the same foot with the torn fascia, a few moments after Lopez suffered his injury in the same period. He was on the floor terribly grimacing in pain after he twisted his foot while landing awkwardly with a drive to the basket.

La Salle will now focus its attention on their big game against the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles which will take place on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. inside the Big Dome, the Araneta Coliseum.

“Right now, we’re not thinking about Ateneo pa. Siguro, after this, that’s when we’ll start. Our focus today was on UP. I told them that we cannot overlook UP. So, we have Ateneo on Sunday, we’ll talk about it after,” said Pumaren when asked about their game against their arch-rivals.

Joseph Marata, who was the hero in La Salle’s first round victory over Ateneo, did not play today as he has been battling a flu.

“He will play on Sunday. Pinagpahinga ko lang ngayon,” declared Pumaren.

DLSU improved its record to 6-3 while UP remained winless with a 0-9 record.

The scores:

DLSU 84 – Villanueva 14, Tampus 11, Banal 11, Vosotros 10, Atkins  7, Mendoza 6, de la Paz 5, Tolentino 5, Ferdinand 5, Elorde 5, Paredes 2, Webb 2, Andrada 2, Herrera 1, Reyes 0.

UP 63 – Silungan 12, Sison 12, Co 10, Ma. Reyes 9, Maniego 6, Hipolito 4, Manuel 3, Mi. Reyes 3, Evangelista 2, Lopez 2, Saret 0, Pascual 0, Juruena 0, Gomez 0, Gingerich 0.

Quarter scoring: 19-16, 37-29, 60-47, 84-63.


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Anton fell in love with the game of Basketball at the exact same moment he knew Michael Jordan. After playing high school ball for two UAAP seasons with the De La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, he moved on to De La Salle University-Manila for college where he completed a degree in Applied Corporate Management. He almost ventured into a career in the corporate world but his love for the game prevailed. Anton somehow always knew, that if he didn't become "Like Mike," he would become what he is today - A Sportscaster. Covering Basketball, Volleyball and Boxing for ABS-CBN Sports is a dream come true for him. So is writing for this website. Follow Me on Twitter: @mrpurebusiness

18 Comments

  • Spider_fan says:

    Herrera scored 3 points. I think you guys got the box score wrong. Anyways, I hope that Webb will bounce back this Sunday. Go Lasalle!

  • theGREENandGOLD says:

    Oh my, now another blow for this team.. injured key players, are they cursed this season??

  • up says:

    bye bye UP

  • Dragon Fly says:

    0-9 now for both the seniors and juniors basketball team of UP. Will they make history and become the first-ever UAAP school to have winless basketball records in both levels?

  • einhander says:

    UP is now DOWN, no more…the end :C

  • Dragon Fly says:

    Kung may bonfire sa Ateneo pag nagchachampion, dapat may bonfire din sa UP pag nag-0-14 ang mga teams nila…..para sunugin yung mga “supporters” na responsable sa record na yan.

  • co-op says:

    why is magsanoc not in the maroon sidelines yet? enough of this kabuki dance between castro and fernandez. i feel bad for these recruits. the danger is that these guys might even transfer just to move away from this UP circus.

  • Spider_fan says:

    Just finished watching the replay. My bad,Herera only scored a point. I watched it live, the Araneta scoreboard made a mistake so I thought Aiki scored a field goal towards the end, but it was Tampus, who was near Aiki, who scored.

  • baurdur says:

    UP is having more and more bad luck everyday, its a shame to see their good and potentially good players go through an extremely horrible season.

    As for dlsu, they are really playing above expectations, we knew their bench can play good ball, but who knew that the bench we are referring to is up until their last player? :))

    Good Luck to DLSU against arch rival ADMU!

  • santy says:

    tune up match b4 the big game on sunday.

    go, la salle. go, go la salle !

  • pipit says:

    i hope they will do the same thing on Sunday, the bench will be a big factor, i hope Banal can sustain his game specially Marata is recovering from illness. Nice game Archers!!! See you next time….

  • BluEaglet says:

    Green vs Blue nanaman! Good luck!

  • laine says:

    Go ateneo. Lose the game on Sunday to make it more exciting.

  • seirahpogi says:

    korek

  • david chua says:

    bakit hindi na naka knee-high si joel tolentino? :)

  • tio paenguin says:

    2-0 on Sunday! Chicken dinner.

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