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DLSU defeats FEU for a possible shot at the F4

Sunday, 16 September 2012 54 Comments

UAAP Season 75: DLSU Green Archers vs. Adamson Falcons, Aug 12The De La Salle Green Archers snatched a very important win in the hands of the FEU Tamaraws in a low-scoring match, 63-56, on a rainy September 16 in UAAP Season 75 held at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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.

Individual Scores:

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

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