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Green Archers shoot down UP, notch 1st win

Saturday, 23 July 2011 26 Comments

THE last time De La Salle University University found itself at 0-2, a victory over the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons helped them break into the win column. Two years later, history repeated itself as the Green Archers nailed their first victory of UAAP Season 74, 79-67 against UP last July 23 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Leaning on their big men and a steadiness at the free throw line that didn’t exist in the summer, the Archers rocked the Fighting Maroons with a 13-4 start and never relinquished the lead as UP played catch-up for the entire 40 minutes. Opting not to start Nigerian center Alinko Mbah, the UP coaching staff quickly regretted their decision as Arnold Van Opstal terrorized former UAAP Juniors MVP Mark Juruena to the tune of seven first quarter points. UP rallied to get to within four in the second period on a dunk by Mbah off a nifty pass from Mike Silugan, 22-18. The joy quickly faded, as two possessions later, Mbah was whistled for his third foul after wrestling for a rebound with Van Opstal. A Silungan triple after Van Opstal nailed his freebies, made it a three-point game, 24-21 before La Salle responded with a 12-4 blast behind hustle plays by former Letran Squire Jarelan Tampus.

State U kept things close until De La Salle’s haymaker in the third quarter, which saw three steals fuel a 12-0 run in a four-minute stretch. A Carlo Gomez layup to break the drought proved meek as the Green Archers led, 48-31. The Maroons tried to make one last go at it in the fourth, starting the finale canto with three straight layups from Jelo Montecastro and Jett Manuel. But eight straight by streak shooter Luigi de la Paz and a Yutien Andrada putback of a miss by Simon Atkins restored DLSU’s 20-point lead, 69-49, with 5:11 to play, putting the game out of reach. “We played aggressive ball and I think we controlled the boards, that’s why we won,” said La Salle head coach Dindo Pumaren. “I noticed also that we’re sharing the ball, compared to our last two games, assists namin wala eh. I think that’s the problem right now, but na-solve namin kahit paano.”

De la Paz led the Archers with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Van Opstal and Tampus scored 13 each, while Andrada bounced back after missing last week’s Ateneo-La Salle game to finish with 11 markers, seven boards and three dimes.

UP, meanwhile, was paced by Mike Silungan’s 16 points, though 13 came in the first half. Mbah added 15 points, nine rebounds and three swats, while the reserve backcourt of Manuel and Montecastro combined for 24 points and six assists.

The Archers dominated the glass, getting 61 rebounds, 26 on the offensive end, to just 33 and 13, respectively, by UP. Another factor that contributed to State U’s defeat was the inability to nail charities, making just 7 of their 20 attempts. La Salle proved steadier, missing just four out of their 21 trips to the line.

De La Salle looks to reach .500 when they play the National University Bulldogs next Thursday, July 28. UP, on the other hand, hopes to upset the defending champion Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles a week from now on July 30.

The scores:

De La Salle 79 – De la Paz 14, Van Opstal 13, Tampus 13, Andrada 11, Revilla 9, Atkins 7, Villanueva 6, Torres 4, Vosotros 2, Sara 0, Gotladera 0, Webb 0, Mendoza 0, Marata 0

UP 67 – Silungan 16, Mbah 15, Manuel 13, Montecastro 11, Gomez 5, Juruena 4, Gamboa 3, Romero 0, Pascual 0, Maniego 0, Gingerich 0

Quarter scoring: 20-12, 36-29, 59-39, 79-67

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  • Z says:

    laging nadadali in the third ang State U. sayang. they’re giving a good fight in every game it seems.

    • Anti-heat says:

      They seem to have problems pacing themselves.

    • What Everybody Said says:

      I know Silungan is good, but man, he has been struggling as of late. In the NU game, nevermind it was only 5 points in the first half, but he was making the right decisions and ultimately the right plays and UP seemed to be more organized. Come the 2nd half, he struggled, so were the team’s basketball orientation on that half. UP got me excited watching them considering their game, and Montecastro was just unstoppable in the transition and in the fastbreak. No one was chasing and bodying him up. In the DLSU game, they looked more disorganized. Then I noticed Silungan did not have his groove going again.

  • eare says:

    “statement” game against a disorganized UP team

  • Navigator says:

    Joshua Webb is still a “lost boy” out there. Baka next season Team B na siya.

  • baurdur says:

    its good that Coach Dindo Pumaren is finally figuring out his rotations and his “strong 5″

    DLSU can really be a force to meddle with if they are consistent and focused enough.

  • banned says:

    congrats, green archers! :)

  • Anti-heat says:

    Finally! Big men production! I’m puzzled at how little we get from our bigs the past few games even though we have one of the best groups (bigs) around. I only hope they produce from this point until the end of the season.

    • banned says:

      your bigs are promising and brimming with potential, but they’re young and inexperienced in the college ranks. i’m sure by the 2nd round, they’ll be playing much, much better. i thought avo was going to be a fluke, i’m liking his game now. only maui has a lot of experience, papot hasn’t been playing much as well. is he injured?

    • Z says:

      i need to see more from norbert torres. COME ON BIG MAN I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!

  • xerex says:

    Mike Silungan = right league, WRONG TEAM!

  • The DLSU fans had much fun in this game…. I did too!!!! Next round na lang!

  • Together-on-three says:

    haha. Nakakatawa, last game hate na hate nila si Mike Silungan. Now that he delivered, they hate where Silungan is playing. Walang nasasayang kay Mike, he is licensed to shoot in this team. And by choosing UP, I think he sees the future beyond basketball. =)

    • micro says:

      Mike silungan for me is like mike bravo. Both are volume shooters and hangang college lang ang style of play nila, no where in the pros or whatsoever.

      • ryuji says:

        well, there were a lot of collegiate stars before but were never drafted, and if ever, played very sparingly in the pros.

        • Together-on-three says:

          Well, a lot of those stars were not drafted because they never thought of going to the pros anymore. Maybe they just chose to continue what they have studied and not basketball. That’s what I’m saying BEYOND basketball. And basketball will not be with you for the rest of your life. It’s not a forever thing. ^_^

  • boy_USTe says:

    Congrats to the archers!
    Go USTe!!!


  • ANGELOFGOD says:

    Awesome win, a new beginning!

  • chuckie says:

    c joshua webb ba yung #10? akala ko c macmac cardona..sayang! lakas na sana ng la salle kung bumalik c cardona LOL!

  • whitegraypoppy says:

    oh la salle finally won – an overkill when we need it least? learn to pace yourselves too fellas, save your best for the best, otherwise you’ll end up in spurts again next game.

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