Saturday, 13 April 2013 27 Comments
Amid a solid effort by the UST Growling Tigers sans Coach Pido–who was at the Petron game in the PBA and left the coaching duties to Estong Ballesteros–they still came up short as the DLSU Green Archers squeezed through to get their first win, 73-67, in Saturday’s edition of the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Archers trailed 10-16 in the first quarter until they were able to catch up in the 2nd quarter, ending the half at a deadlock, 34 all.
Jeric Teng waxed hot early riding on a 75% shooting from the field, making 3 out of his 4 attempts, as well as making 6 of 6 charities resulting in a 100% free throw percentage in the first half.
DLSU kept it close in the third canto, keeping up with the Tigers’ energy to end with only a 6 point deficit, 57-51, coming into the fourth.
As soon as the payoff period began, the Tigers suffered a major meltdown after a hot start that allowed the Archers to step on the gas and deliver hustle plays, which eventually resulted in a Thomas Torres fastbreak against a running Jamil Sheriff to cut the deficit to 2, 62-60, with 4:55 remaining.
Coach Gee Abanilla relied on two of his off the bench wards to scrape out the win.
Jason Perkins, a 20-year old who played in a small-time high school in Minnesota, came alive with 17 points and was a key factor in a 9-0 run in the 4th quarter that finally put the Archers on top, 67-62.
Perkins said he did not have much expectations in his debut in Philippine college basketball. “Just (to) work hard and (to keep) trying my best. I was a little nervous at first.”
Coach Gee thought highly of him and said, “He’s a legitimate scoring option for the team.” He also added
that Perkins did well in hustling for the ball. “I think I really admire the way he plays. (He is) impressive on the floor, diving for the loose ball. ‘Yung dirty jobs ginagawa niya.”
Gabriel Reyes was also a bright spot for the Archers with his 13 points on 5 of 5 100% field goal shooting along with 3 dimes and 1 steal.
Jeron Teng was moderately quiet contributing 10 points to his team, a far cry from his usual output.
“I think si Jeron, nakikiramdam rin eh. Kung sino ‘yung bago niyang teammates,” remarked Coach Gee of Jeron’s performance.
Kib Montalbo debuted with 3 points after joining the Archers for only a week so far. “I’m really surprised with the way he adjusted,” he remarked.
Coach Gee also said that the team needs to work on their defense and the fluidity of their offense.
“I guess we were kind of tight especially in the first half. We didn’t execute well on both ends of the court–too excited, I guess,” he explained.
Almond Vosotros chipped in 10 points and Norbert Torres added in 6.
Teng and Aljon Mariano combined for a total of 59 points for UST, 31 for Teng and 28 for Mariano.
Quarter scores: 10-16, 34-34, 51-57, 73-67