Archers down Fal­cons anew

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By OLMIN LEYBA

Games to­day (MOA Arena) 2 p.m. – UST vs FEU 4 p.m. – AdMU vs. UP

La Salle con­tin­ued to be the bane of Adam­son and the Fal­cons found them­selves on a los­ing streak for the first time in UAAP Sea­son 81 men’s bas­ket­ball.

In keep­ing with the way they tor­mented Adam­son the past seven meet­ings, in­clud­ing the last two Fi­nal Four, the Green Archers dealt the Fal­cons a 79-78 over­time heart­breaker to end their Round 1 cam­paign on a fiery note and send the once un­blem­ished Adam­son reel­ing to back-to-back losses.

Re­bound­ing from their 5571 set­back to ri­val Ate­neo last week, the La Sal­lians im­proved to 4-3 and stayed within a breath of the trio shar­ing the top on iden­ti­cal 5-2 cards – Far East­ern, the Fal­cons and the Ea­gles.

Ear­lier, Na­tional U ar­rested a five-game slide with a run­away 88-61 rout of Univer­sity of the East to avoid the cel­lar at 2-5, stay­ing a shade ahead of the War­riors (1-6).

“It boiled down to prepa­ra­tions,. Buong week af­ter that loss to Ate­neo, we re­ally went back to basics and made sure we learn from our mis­takes there,” said DLSU coach Louie Gon­za­lez, whose wards did a bet­ter job in as­sists (11) this time and didn’t rely heav­ily on top scorer Aljun Mele­cio (22) as Santi San­til­lan and Jus­tine Bal­tazar chipped in 16 apiece.

Af­ter un­leash­ing a 13-6 blast to level the count at the end of reg­u­la­tion, the Archers opened ex­tra time with a 9-0 ex­plo­sion to seize the up­per­hand at 73-64. The Fal­cons mounted a rally but DLSU held on with vet­eran guard Kib Mon­talbo’s free­bies giv­ing the Archers a 79-75 breath­ing space with 6.2 sec­onds left.

La Salle main­tained its strange­hold of the Franz Pu­maren-coached Adam­son dat­ing back to 2016. The Scores Fi­irst Game NU 88 – Cle­mente 21, D. Ilde­fonso 14, Gaye 12, S. Ilde­fonso 12, Rike 6, Diputado 4, Gali­nao 4, Yu 4, Aquino 2, Jo­son 2, Morido 2, Salim 2, Sin­clair 2, Tibayan 1, Gal­lego 0, Malonzo 0.

UE 61 – Pasaol 20, Con­ner 15, Manalang 10, Maloles 5, Acuno 4, Var­illa 3, Bar­tolome 2, Bel­tran 2, Cullar 0, Gal­lardo 0, Guion 0, La­cap 0, So­brevega 0, Strait 0. Quar­ter­scores: 23-19, 56-35, 76-49, 88-61. Sec­ond Game DLSU 79 – Mele­cio 22, San­til­lan 16, Bal­tazar 16, Cara­cut 8, Mon­talbo 8, Ser­rano 5, Bates 2, Manuel 2, Dyke 0, Go 0.

AdU 78 – Ahan­misi 27, Man­ganti 23, Sarr 9, Cat­a­pu­san 5, Ca­ma­cho 4, Las­ti­mosa 3, Bernardo 2, Colo­nia 2, Espeleta 2, Mag­buhos V. 1, Pin­goy 0, Mo­jica 0.

Quar­ter­scores: 22-16, 33-32, 49-49, 64-64, 79-78

JOEY MEN­DOZA

War­riors Rey Mark Acuno (left) and Alvin Pasaol team up to beat NU Bull­dog Shaun Ilde­fonso to the re­bound in their UAAP game yes­ter­day at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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