Green Archers tame Bulldogs

4 08 2007

Coach Franz Pumaren said he is satisfied with his first round.

“We aimed for at least top 3. We were able to survive,” said La Salle Coach Franz after winning against National University in its final bout for the first round, 85-81 at the Cuneta Astrodome last August 4. The first quarter ended with the Bulldogs holding on to a single point lead, 22-21.

In the second quarter, La Salle became brawny. Peejay Barua started a 7-0 run with 2:50 minutes left and increase the lead of the Archers to double digits, 48-38. But Jonathan Fernandez and Jessey Garcia had back to back three’s that cut the lead to four, 48-44 after the first half in favor of La Salle.

The third quarter featured a tight battle for control. La Salle’s lead climbed to seven points after Villanueva nailed a Field Goal with 4:43 minutes to play. But Edwin Asoro redeemed the Bulldogs and cut the lead back to just four after three quarters of action, 68-64.

In the final period, Michael Salvado clinched an 18-footer to tie the game at 75-all with 4:49 minutes remaining. But Bader Malabes also answered with an 18-footer following Villanueva’s 2/2 from the stripe.

Maierhofer nailed a shot from the baseline with just 1:34 minutes in regulation. Although he missed the bonus free throw, the shot pushed La Salle in front 82-77.

Villanueva was called for an away-from-the-ball foul on Fernandez that sent him to the showers with 31.8 seconds left in the game clock. Fernandez made 2/2 FTs but that could only trim the Archers’ advantage to three, 84-81. Malabes’ 1/2 FT completed the ball game, 85-81 after Jay Jahnke’s failed heroics.

Malabes stepped up for the Archers notching 18 points. TY Tang bagged 12 points while Cholo Villanueva and James Mangahas made 11 points apiece.

“We were waiting for him to give us a game like this. He was 0 for 17 before this game. He could be like just like Renren (Ritualo) in the future. He can really shoot,” said the Archer coach commending on a great game played by his rookie Malabes.

La Salle is now 5-2 while NU is down with 3-4 on the standings. University of the East is still on top after winning almost all its games in the first round.

Individual Scores:

DLSU -85

Malabes-18, Tang-12, Villanueva-11, Mangahas-11, Maierhofer-8, Casio-8, Barua-5, Ferdinand-4, Walsham-4, Co-4, Cua-0.

NU-81

Fernandez-24, Asoro-13, Lingao-Lingao-11, Jahnke-11, Salvado-8, Aguilar-6, Garcia-4, Ponferrada-2, Malagueño-2, Luy-0, Catamora-0.

Quarter Scores:

21-22, 48-44, 68-64, 85-81.

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