Green Archers shaved as one, foil Growling Tigers

29 07 2007

With 2.6 seconds left to play, JV Casio had another take charge performance when he beat four UST big men towards the basket that sent the ball game into overtime. But when the smoke cleared, the De La Salle Green Archers survived with a 90-86 win over the UST Growling Tigers at the Araneta Coliseum last July 29.

TY Tang led the Archers with 23 points while James Mangahas and Casio pumped in 14 points apiece. Jervy Cruz had a galant effort with a double double performance – 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Growling Tigers.

The boys in white and green stepped into the court as a team – nearly bald head and each with a black headband.

“It just means that we stand united. It shows our solidarity, being one in a group and that everybody is in one direction,” said Coach Franz Pumaren when asked about the sudden change in the Archers’ “fashion.”

“For college boys, it’s a huge sacrifice to shave your head. But we are united. We win together, we lose together,” he added.

Although they were they show no fear, the Green Archers had a jittery start. UST enjoyed a 10-point lead over De La Salle after the first half, 38-28.

However, the Archers ignited a 10-0 run with PJ Walsham, Mangahas and TY Tang at the helm with less than 3 minutes gone in the third quarter and tied the ballgame at 40-all.

With less that 4 minutes left, Francis Allera’s three-pointer reclaimed the lead for UST, 48-45. Cholo Villanueva’s three-point play with 1:51 minutes to go caused another deadlock at 54-all. The third quarter closed with only a 2-point advantage for the Growling Tigers after Mark Canlas’s 2/2 FTs, 62-60.

In the fourth quarter, a successful 3-point play finish by Dylan Ababou tied the game at 77 apiece. And a great pass from Japs Cuan to Jervy Cruz pushed the Tigers forward by two points with only 6.4 seconds left.

But JV Casio saved the day for the Taft-based club as he delivered a left handed lay-up with only 2 seconds left in the clock.

In the overtime period, a controversial looseball foul was called on Dylan Ababou that disrupted the Growling Tigers’ counter offensive.

La Salle made a crucial 5-0 run with 1:15 minutes left to their lead to 6 points. Allera’s 3-point attempt with 25 seconds left was not enough to bring UST back to life.

Individual Scores:

DLSU-90

Tang-23, Casio-14, Mangahas-14, Walsham-11, Villanueva-7, Co-5, Cua-5, Malabes-3, Maierhofer-2, Ferdinand-2, Ilad-2, Barua-2, Lee-0.

UST-86

Cruz-22, Ababou-14, Mirza-12, Canlas-9, Allera-8, Espiritu-7, Cuan-6, Cortez-4, Dizon-4, Taylor-0, Gile-0.

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