23 07 2007

DLSU vs. UEUE brought its best game and La Salle its worst and what happened was a complete rout by the Red Warriors.

The expected close game between the unbeaten teams in the league didn’t happen. La Salle was killed by poor defense, careless offense and just plain lackluster play while UE was making all its shots and stopping everything La Salle could throw at them.

It was indeed a very rare meltdown for Archers. It took away the myth that they are a hard team to beat.

The game was going back and forth during the first half but in the 3rd the UE juggernaut started and didn’t look back.

All the UE players were on target on the offense and were all over the place on defense. There were hardy any 2nd chance points for La Salle. There was even one possession that UE had 5 offensive rebounds after which they were able to score a 3 pointer.

Not much to say about the game except that Coach Franz would have to review the game tape and find out what went wrong. UE deserved to win. They just played awesome.

Personally, I find a silver lining in this loss. First, I think the team was starting to get too over confident. Their last game against FEU, didn’t help because it gave the team a false security that they should just play well in the last quarter. Losses like this can be the best teachers.

I was also afraid that La Salle would peak too soon. The best example of peaking too soon is the record of Ateneo having 3 consecutive years where they won 7 straight games in the beginning of each season. However, they never won a championship in any of those years. They always ended up short in the end. On the other hand, last year’s champ, UST, started the season slow and ended with a bang.

I also remember the year La Salle won 13 straight only to lose to Ateneo in the final game of the regular season. That year, La Salle also did not win the championship.

This is probably the strongest field in a long time in the UAAP. That makes this year’s tournament a extremely exciting one.

Game Highlights by Roge Dublin

It was a delightful win for Coach Dindo Pumaren not only because the Red Warriors led by 20 points against De La Salle University Green Archers but because all his game plans were put to good use.

University of the East is now 4-0 after toppling the Archers, 96-76, last July 21 yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“Everybody played well,” said Coach Dindo after the match. “This is the first time that we had this huge lead over La Salle.”

In the first quarter, both teams started squarely after 5 minutes of play. UE sparked a 10-1 run with 1:58 minutes remaining to push the Red Warriors in front, 20-12. JV Casio’s three-point bomb trimmed the deficit down to 11-point by the end of the first period.

In the second quarter, Casio and Maierhofer nailed three three-pointers that started De La Salle’s comeback to tie the ballgame at 28.

UE Cheerleaders
But the Red Warriors pulled off a 7-0 run after an 18-footer by Marcy Arellano and a three-point play finish by Kelvin Gregorio, making it 35-28. Another three-point plays by Maierhofer and Kish Co locked the game at 37. Hans Thiele and Gregorio’s efforts were answered back by James Mangahas and Ty Tang making it a single-point lead for the Red Warriors after the first half, 42-41.

With 6:31 minutes in the third quarter, Jorel Cañizares was left open and nailed a three-pointer that ignited a 7-0 run for the Recto-based club. Paul Lee getting a hefty six points with three minutes to play moved UE further for a 12-point lead, 72-60, after three quarters.

La Salle kept missing shots in the fourth quarter. Only Casio, Maierhofer and Oliver Cua were there to help out. Mark Borboran stepped up nailing two three-pointers plus a steal during the stretch.

Elmer Espiritu nailed a three with 2:48 in the clock and gave the UE a commanding 23-point lead, 91-68. Espiritu made another basket, followed by a three-pointer by Borboran claiming the Red cWarriors’ biggest lead at 26.

De La Salle is now in 2nd place with a 3-1 scorecard. La Salle’s next match will be against its greatest archrival, Ateneo, on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum. UE’s next game will be against winless UP Fighting Maroons on Saturday, July 28 at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Individual Scores:

UE- 96

Cañizares-15, Fampulme-11, Gregorio-10, Lee-9, Martinez-9, Espiritu-9, Arellano-9, Borboran-8, Thiele-7, Linganay-6, Llagas-3, Etrone-0, Acuna-0, Bandaying-0, Reyes-0.

La Salle-76

Casio-17, Maierhofer-15, Tang-10, Mangahas-8, Villanueva-6, Cua-6, Walsham-5, Co-5, Malabes-4, Lee-0, Ilad-0, Barua-0.

Quarter Scores:

26-17, 42-41, 72-60, 96-76.




2 responses

24 07 2007

yeah right

24 07 2007

mas malakas talaga warriors compared to lasalle..

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