Wednesday, 11 December 2013 8 Comments
by Sam Evardone
After losing both of their games on the first day of the PCCL, the San Beda College Red Lions and the De La Salle Green Archers were looking to redeem their respective teams in day two of the PCCL Final Four. With a crucial day at hand, both teams cannot afford to lose one more game if they still want to be crowned as the new national champions.
On the other hand, there was a little bit of breathing room for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the Southwestern University Cobras when they came out of the first day of the PCCL Final Four as victors.
The horn sounded and the ball was hoisted up in the air at center court. Day two of the PCCL Final Four was underway at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The Red Lions came out of the gates firing on all cylinders against the Cobras as they lit up the scoreboard for 23 points in the opening frame against a measly 7 points from SWU.
Ola Adeogun had a little more spunk in his game as he and the ever-reliable Kyle Pascual scored 12 of their total 36 points in the first, good enough to outscore the other team by 8 points. These two big guys led San Beda in scoring, Ola Adeogun finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds (7 offensive rebounds) while Kyle Pascual added in 14 markers and two boards.
In the second quarter, SWU showed a bit of urgency, showing that they can hang with the top team of the NCAA, too. SWU center Landry Sanjo had 9 of his 13 total points in the second frame. He also chipped in six rebounds and four assists for the Cobras.
SWU managed to trim the San Beda lead to 13 at the half but the Red Lions were having none of it as they made basket after basket and stop after stop in the third period to put the game out of reach.
The final tally was 77-49, in favor of the Mendiola-based squad.
Rome De La Rosa, who celebrated his birthday in today’s game, contributed 8 points and 4 assists for his Red Lions.
Aside from Landry Sanjo’s performance in the first half and Fabrice Siewe’s garbage time points, there was really nothing going for the Cobras.
Mac Tallo had a cold shooting performance in this game, only scoring two points while going 1-7 from the field. He also had a hard time on finding his teammates for buckets as he only finished with one assist. Monbert Arong, who had 17 points in their game against DLSU was also limited to two points. Mike Holper was also misfiring for the Cobras as he registered a disastrous 0-6 on his field goals.
The second game of the afternoon was a rematch between the DLSU Green Archers and the FEU Tamaraws. The last time these two teams faced each other was when the Tams were eliminated by the Archers in the Final Four of UAAP 76. That game will forever be remembered as the final UAAP game of both Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.
In the last three meetings between these two teams, the Archers have always come out on top. DLSU always had their way on putting the Tams down and, unfortunately for FEU, that was also the case for today’s game.
The opening quarter was very engaging for the fans as both schools were showing off their scoring prowess by trading layups and three-pointers to open the ballgame. But things started to look bleak in the second quarter for FEU, as they were unable to stop a Bolick barrage as he scored eight straight points for the Green Archers in a span of two minutes, by way of back-to-back corner triples and a nifty layup. FEU was also suspect to poor rebounding; they were outrebounded, 58-40, by La Salle. The opening half ended 49-31, in favor of the Green Archers.
Everyone from the DLSU squad was consistent all throughout the game. Matt Salem led the team in scoring with 17, while the duo of Jeron Teng and Almond Vosotros chipped in 13 and 11, respectively, on a combined 8-of-19 shooting.
La Salle’s lead was never in jeopardy thanks to an even poorer second half performance from the Tams. The Green Archers came out of the game with the victory by beating the Tams, 80-60.
Call it the Juno effect or even Juno magic. Without Jeron Teng and Almond Vosotros, no other Archer garnered 20, or more, in minutes played. Proving that the championship coach matches up well with the opposing team and considers the playing time of his other players.
Roger Pogoy and team captain Ryan Mendoza both had 14 points to lead the Tamaraws in scoring. Anthony Hargrove, the lone bright spot on the rebounding of FEU, had 13 boards to go with his 12 points.
With all of the teams sharing a 1-1 record and one more game to be played by all of them, it has come down to the third and final day of the PCCL Final Four to decide on who’s going to be playing a best-of-three championship series. The winners of Thursday’s games will advance to the PCCL Finals.
The FEU Tamaraws will square off against the SWU Cobras at 2pm to be followed by the rematch of ‘Champions for a Cause’. The reigning UAAP champions, the DLSU Green Archers will battle it out once more against the reigning NCAA champions, the San Beda Red Lions at 4pm on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
San Beda (77) – Adeogun 22, Pascual 14, Dela Cruz 10, De La Rosa 8, A. Semerad 7, Amer 5, Sara 3, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 2, Villaruz 2, Abatayo 1, D. Semerad 1, Abarcar 0, Bonsubre 0, Koga 0
SWU (49) – Sanjo 13, Siewe 9, Goloran 8, Mohammed 6, Bautista 3, Arong 2, Bregondo 2, Holper 2, Ortega 2, Tallo 2, Panerio 0, Pardo 0
23-7, 37-24, 65-38, 77-49
DLSU (80) – Salem 17, Teng 13, Vosotros 11, Bolick 10, N. Torres 6, Tampus 5, Perkins 4, Reyes 4, Dela Paz 3, T. Torres 3, Montalbo 2, van Opstal 2
FEU (60) – Mendoza 14, Pogoy 14, Hargrove 12, Jose 7, Cruz 6, Tolomia 4, Luz 2, Aguilon 1, Delfinado 0, Dennison 0, Iñigo 0, Lee Yu 0, Sentcheu 0
21-16, 49-31, 67-41, 80-60
• FEU head coach Nash Racela and forward Mac Belo are still out of the country, both are members of the Sinag Pilipinas team that is participating in the SEA Games in Myanmar
• AVO finally played for DLSU after being sidelined in yesterday’s game against SWU. He scored two points and corralled two rebounds against FEU.