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La Salle cruises to quarterfinals

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 15 Comments


De La Salle University bounced back from a loss over the weekend to rout Letran College, 64-45, and cruise to the quarterfinal round of 2013 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan on Monday.

The Green Archers, who were beaten up by the University of the East Red Warriors last Saturday, came out scorching to take the lead from the start, and they kept it until the endgame to peg their win-loss log at 6-1 going into their much-awaited tussle with Ateneo on Saturday.

“Well, what can I say? I like the ball movement in first half was not that good but we adjusted very well in the second so we got some better shots,” said La Salle mentor Gee Abanilla. “We want to improve more because all teams in the UAAP are improving, too.”

Guard Almond Vosotros drilled in 12 of his 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point zone and grabbed seven rebounds, while Jeron Teng finished with 11 points and Norbert Torres collected 12 rebounds with seven markers.

Vosotros, an incoming senior, hit three triples in La Salle’s 11-2 fourth quarter assault to put his team up, 55-39, with 4:41 to go. Letran couldn’t find any solution to La Salle’s attack from thereon and eventually dropped out from the quarterfinals race with a 4-4 win-loss log.

“I have a lucky day I guess. My first shot went in so I told myself if I’m open, I’ll take a shot,” said Vosotros.

La Salle outclassed Letran in the rebounding (50-34), assists (18-9) and three-point shooting (6-2) departments.

Mark Cruz posted 10 points for the Knights, who only got a combined nine points from rookie Rey Nambatac and big man Raymund Almazan.

La Salle finished the game shooting 21-of-54 from the field (39 percent). They also made 16-of-26 (62 percent) from the free throw line. Letran made only six field goals in the second half for 17-of-65 (26 percent) overall. The Knights only attempted 10 free throws, but made nine. (EF/
DLSU 64 — Vosotros 16, Teng 11, Torres, N. 7, Van Opstal 6, Torres, T. 4, Reyes 4, Perkins 4, Bolick 4, Salem 4, Dela Paz 2, Paredes 2, Montalbo 0.
CSJL 45 — Cruz 10, Gabawan 8, Nambatac 7, Castro 7, Luib 4, Ruaya 3, Publico 2, Almazan 2, Almario 2, Pantin 0.
QS: 20-13; 30-25; 40-33; 64-45.

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