Heavy Bombers bring Green Archers back to earth

13 05 2007

JOSE Rizal University sustained its terminator mode Sunday to upset highly-favored De La Salle Green Archers, 82-79, to stay on top after winning its fourth consecutive game in the Fil-Oil Flying V preseason invitational cup at the Arena in San Juan City.

La Salle took a 4-point, 76-72 lead with only 1:39 left in the game, but Mark Gagoco and John Wilson combined forces in the remaining ticks by sparking a 10-3 burst to deal the Green Archers their first loss in three games.

“We’re just lucky La Salle was due to loss,” said JRU mentor Ariel Vanguardia, ex-La Salle alumni. “My players just wanted to prove something during the game and they exactly did it.”

But Vanguardia expressed disappointment to the after-game remarks of La Salle mentor Franz Pumaren.

“I’m saddened about their (De La Salle) reaction about our big win against them,” said Vanguardia. “They told us that our win against them was just a fluke but I answered him back we are ready for any rematch.”

Down by 10 of the time, the JRU Heavy Bombers threw their pesky but physical trapping defense on the Green Archersin the crucial last two-minute mark to frustrate the domainant La Salle crowd. The Heavy Bombers also made things difficult for La Salle by clamping down on thier perimeter players by hounding them from beyond the arc.

Heavy Bomber playmaker Gagoco, who tallied a game-high 23 points, hauled down six boards and dished out seven assists, scored three straight points to slice the deficit to just a point, 75-76, with 1:03 left.

Wilson added 15 points, while Marvin Hayes scored 11 and Mark Sena had nine. La Salle ’s veteran point guard Tyrone Tang drilled in a trey to extend the advantage to 79-75 with 45 seconds left.

But the Heavy Bombers’ forward John Wilson came up big, scoring three straight points from the free throw line to narrow the gap to 78-79 with 32 seconds remaining. Then, Tang, in the ensuing play, accidentally lost control of his dribble and Gagoco was able to take advantage and converted on a break away with a pass to Jason Nocom for the go-ahead basket, finally grabbing the lead with 21 seconds to go, 80-79.

The Heavy Bombers’ trapping defense spoiled the game plan of La Salle Coach Franz Pumaren after Wilson intercepted the inbound pass and scored on a lay up as time expired to peg the final score.

Box scores:

JRU 82: Gagoco 23, Wilson 15, Hayes 11, Sena 9, Se 8, Nocom 6, Pradas 5, Bungahis 3, Cunanan 2, Kabigting 0.

DLSU 79: Tang 16, Lee 12, Villanueva 12, Co 7, Casio 6, Maierhofer 6, Atkins 5, Ilad 5, Malabes 4, Mangahas 4, Cua 2, Ferdinand 0, Walsham 0.

Quarter scores: 21-18, 39-40, 59-65, 82-79

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8 responses

15 05 2007
pepe

we, as promoters of discipline being sportsmen, should be gracious in defeat. Downgrading the win by the opponent is the lowest form of unsportsmanship.

16 05 2007
lance

as a champion school like la salle, our teams. pinagbibigyan lang ng la salle ang jru because of kawawa sila pag siniryoso ng la salle ung game nila

24 05 2007
ryu

Hoy Lance!

Wag ka nga masyadong mayabang… Bakit di mo matanggap na talo kayo ha? Your team is not invicible enough. Better ask your players.

27 05 2007
comment

alam naman nating lahat na d kayang mtanggap ng lasalle ang pagkatalo nila..tpos gumagawa pa ng mga eksena..

29 05 2007
kimho

____ you lassalle!

1 06 2007
lance

nakakahiya naman ang lasalle..

21 07 2007
lasalle jru sucks

rematch nalang ulit para walang away.. hehehe

21 07 2007
lasalle jru sucks

mayabang yung coach ng lasalle… hehe

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