Sunday, 16 September 2012 54 Comments
Almond Vosotros, who came up with 21 points including 7-points in the 2nd quarter, delivered the final blow when he hit the crucial 3-pointer with 2:32 remaining for a 7-point DLSU lead, 56-49.
“I was very lucky with that shot. I never thought it went in,” said Vosotros, a former San Sebastian Staglet standout in high school.
Rookie Jeron Teng, who had 10 points, went to the free throw line, made the first free throw before grabbing a crucial offensive board on his missed second attempt.
Vosotros gave La Salle a double-digit lead, 59-49, with just 1:16 left after converting both free throws. FEU made a couple of baskets, but the closet they could get was by 5-points, 61-56.
“It’s a really big win. We are lucky (FEU) that they are not a complete team that we faced them,” said La Salle coach Gee Abanilla. “We are very happy that we pulled thru and we got a chance (for a Final Four) berth.”
After trailing behind by 13-points early in the 4th period, the Tamaraws, behind Terrence Romeo, reduced the deficit to 49-53, with 2:53 remaining after a split by RR Garcia from the charity stripe. Vosotros’ clutch shot somehow halted FEU’s rally.
NU and La Salle remained tied in 4th placet at 8-5. Not only are both teams fighting for a spot in the post-season, but also a shot at the remaining ‘twice-to-beat’ incentive. The loss derailed the Tamaraws’ march into the Final Four.
FEU, which missed the services of suspended big guys Arvie Bringas and Mark Belo, are in a bind with UST in 2nd place at 9-4. The Tamaraws and the Growling Tigers are only a game ahead of the Bulldogs and the Green Archers in the race for the other semifinal bonus.
The Green Archers banked on a big 17-2 run that bridged the 2nd and 3rd quarters with a margin as high as 13 points with 6 minutes left to play in the game.
Romeo finished with 26 points for the Tamaraws. FEU led in the fastbreak point department, 15-4 but DLSU has scored more points in the shaded area, 28-22.
DLSU 63 – Vosotros 21, Teng 10, Revilla 8, Andrada 7, Torres N. 6, Van Opstal 6, Torres T. 3, Mendoza 2, Tampus 0, Webb 0, Manguera 0.
FEU 56 – Romeo 26, Garcia 10, Mendoza 8, Escoto 5, Cruz 3, Hargrove 2, Tolomia 2, Bringas M. 0, Pogoy 0, Sentcheu 0.
Quarter Scores: 11-12; 26-24; 42-33; 63-56
By Josef Ramos