The Green Archers are Back – With a Bang

9 07 2007

Even from the athletes parade, the De La Salle Green Archers had their game faces on. With the beautiful Iya Villania as their muse, the Archers walked in with fire in their eyes and a no nonsense demeanor.

From the tip-off, the determination was there for La Salle. Breaking the ice was Pocholo Villanueva. Then on their first defensive stand, the Archers employed a stifling full court press that stunned the UP Fighting Maroons.

La Salle run off a 16 to nothing spurt before UP finally scored midway through the first quarter. With a commanding lead, Coach Pumaren, recalled his starters and put in his awesome bench. UP Fighting Maroons coach Joe Lipa finally adjusted to the full court press, but Pumaren switched to their half court defense that completely confused the Fighting Maroons. The First quarter ended with a 23-11 lead for La Salle.

The 2nd quarter saw much of the same. The archers controlled the tempo, the rebounds and most of all, their defense was just unbelievable. Coach Joe Lipa had no answer for the type of game Pumaren had for him.

UP just kept turning the ball over and La Salle would score from the opportunities. The inbound defense that La Salle employed totally destroyed UP. It took a lot of effort for them to even put the ball in play.

James Mangahas, the La Salle rookie that Coach Pumaren is very impressed with, showed us why so much is expected of him. Together with Pocholo Villanueva, La Salle continued to pour it on. 2nd quarter ends 39 -27 for La Salle.

The 3rd quarter sees La Salle play a fast break game. The team looks very well conditioned as they maintain the full court press and mix it up with a running offense. In the 3rd quarter, it was Casio’s turn to hit the baskets. First a trey, followed by a quick 2. Then his drives would collapse UP’s defense and Casio would pass the ball to the open man for easy points.

Even if they were ahead by a wide margin, La Salle fought for every rebound and possession. The bench played a tremendous game. This is something that Pumaren used to the hilt. He always had fresh legs on the floor. Even rookie Rayjan Lee, played a good defensive game every time he was put on the court.

UP’s rookie laden team showed how important experience is in the UAAP. In this game, La Salle was just too solid and cohesive for UP. Third quarter ends 58 – 42 La Salle.

The 4th quarter starts with Pumaren sitting his starters. Rookie Simon Atkins, did a very good job inplace of TY Tang. Pumaren ises different combinations on the court but never loses a beat.

Nine minutes into the last quarter, Pumaren puts in his starting 5. Rico Maierhofer takes over and just dominates the rebounds. PJ Walsham also plays a solid inside game that UP could not match.

But the Maierhofer – Tang combination was just unstoppable. La Salle did not take easy, even if the win was already in the bag with about 5 minutes still remaining. They continued their fast break offense and their full court press and UP was just over matched.

Game ends 82 – 61 La Salle.


Coach Pumaren and the whole La Salle team came out on all cylinders. Pumaren used a defense that was not seen in the pre-season tournaments that they won. The veterans of the team showed their maturity and the rookies responded to their individual roles.

Today La Salle made a statement and all the teams must have heard it loud and clear. As the school’s battle this year says, “We’re Back, We’re One La Salle”.




One response

11 07 2007
No Mind

Puro ko kayo bangayan dito. Patunayan nalang natin sa laro. Animo Mapua! nyeh!

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