Green Archers win Flying V Preseason Title, UE grabs 3rd

13 06 2007

It was a game reminiscent of the glory days of the NCAA. The crowd was there to support their own team. Each team exchange their old cheers and it was indeed a game that we hope, who grew up remembering those days, could have another.

The Flying V Preseason games finally came to a close. And it ended with a note worth recollecting. The De La Salle Green Archers defeated NCAA defending champion, San Beda Red Lions, 89-81. A game held for the final time at the Arena in San Juan.

In the 1st Quarter, DLSU’s TY Tang, PJ Walsham and James Mangahas and Ogie Menor and Borgy Herminda of San Beda delivered the 1st deadlock of the ball game at 5-all. TY Tang’s trey gave DLSU the lead, 12-9 with 6:30 minutes left in the quarter. After a 16-all deadlock and a Pocholo Villanueva jumper, Yousif Aljamal’s three pointer gave San Beda the lead, 19-18 with 3:37 minutes remaining. Villanueva, Rico Maierhoffer, Brian Ilad brought the lead back to DLSU, 24-23 ending the 1st 10 minutes of action. Only Pong Escobal and Gabby Lanete scored for San Beda in the last 2 minutes of the quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, there were 3-deadlocks (35-all, 41-all and 43-all). Menor, Dave Marcelo, Raymond Maggay, Hermida, and Escobal contributed equally to the Red Lions’ offensive. The Green Archers on the other hand answered with the outside shooting of TY Tang, with Villanueva, JV Casio and Maierhoffer coming together to share the load. Both teams try to get possession. Hustling and defending as if each one wanted it more. But the Red Lions emerged from the smoke to close the half in the driver’s seat, 45-43.

In the 3rd quarter, after the 7th deadlock of the game at 51-all, the Green Archers ignited an 8-0 run to take a 7-point lead, 58-51 under 5 minutes left to play in the 3rd. Aljamal, Menor and an Escobal pass to Lanete off a fastbreak gave San Beda back the lead, 59-58 with a minute left to close the 3rd. Ekwe’s free throws plus a buzzer beater by Maggay after a 1 of 2 clip from the free throw line by TY Tang, gave the Red Lions a 4-point edge, 63-59, to start the 4th quarter.

At the 4th quarter, former San Beda Red Cub JV Casio went on a tear while Aljamal and Ekwe, mainly due to foul trouble and to get a bit of respite after playing for 3 quarters, were on the bench. Casio’s back to back baskets including a trey, pushes DLSU back in the driver’s seat for the final time in the game, 64-63. Maierhoffer, Kish Co and another trey from Casio combined for a 7-0 run to push their lead further to 8-points, 72-64.

When Escobal fouled out, the Red Lions could not find its bearing to mount a rally. Aljamal, Menor and Ekwe helped carry the scoring load for the Red Lions. PJ Walsham’s field goal iced the ball game for the Green Archers with 32.5 seconds left in regulation.

Flying V Preseason Invitational Cup Mythical Five: Sam Ekwe, TY Tang, Pong Escobal, Rico Maierhoffer, Jay Jahnke

Flying V Preseason Invitational Cup Most Valuable Player: TY Tang


In the Battle for third place, the UE Red Warriors defeated the National University Bulldogs convincingly, 95-77. In the 1st half, the Bulldogs were pretty much in control in the 1st quarter. Jessie Garcia and Cyrus Malagueno combined for a 10-0 run to give NU a 7-point lead, 15-8 with 4:50 minutes left remaining in the 1st. UE’s Mark Borboran, Paul Lee, and top-gun Marcy Arellano trade baskets with NU’s combination of Chris Catamora, Joseph Lingao-Lingao and Jay Jahnke that eventually led to a tie after 10 minutes of action at 21-all.

In the 2nd quarter, Narciso Llagas, Arellano and Val Acuna on fire from the outside, ignited an 8-0 run to put UE on top by 6-points, 34-28 with 3 minutes before the close of the 1st half. The Red Warriors ultimately finished the 1st half of action leading by 7-points, 42-35.

In the 2nd half, UE continued its pounding with a 12-0 run to gain a 15-point advantage over NU, 54-39 after 5 ½ minutes in the 3rd quarter. A 5-0 run late in the 4th quarter by NU could not even make a dent in the Red Warriors’ margin.




7 responses

13 06 2007

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the recap, wasnt able to watch since I’m doing graveyard shift. Sayang I heard it was a close game but I think LaSalle is a really tough team, my bet is that they go all the way to the UAAP finals. As for San Beda, we still have a lot of things to improve on but we’re on the right track.

More power Mike! I posted this column pala in

14 06 2007

what can i say? they have a year to practice.. i think that we have a very good chance of defending our NCAA title this season.
animo san beda!

14 06 2007

Congratualtions De La Salle! Great outside shooting.

Good game for the Red Lions. Learn from this experience.

Kudos to JV Casio for singing with us the Bedan Hymn. Once a Bedan, Always a Bedan. We are proud of you, fellow Bedan. Take La Salle to the UAAP Finals!


14 06 2007

great guy in jv casio,hat’s of to la salle. he shows how a real bedan should be. great game for both squads. i can only hope that we’ll meet again soon. great games from menor, escobal and hermida. now let’s start defending our crown. let the trophy stay in mendiola.
animo san beda!

14 06 2007

talgang nahirapan din ang lasalle sa red lions.. i think ito na yung sign para mag back 2 back champion ang san beda sa NCAA season 83

15 06 2007

hats off to las salle, great game indeed.
for san beda, we should learn for this experience. if we could surpass this type of games, we are on our way for our 2nd championship crown in a row.


28 06 2007

Great game from the San Beda Red Lions, and also a great win for the Archers. I guess we can put San Beda as a barometer for the Archers’ progress since the Red Lions are last year’s champs and they are still very much intact.

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