Oh what it could’ve been. Again. The De La Salle Green Archers failed to dodge the FEU Tamaraws’ charge towards the end yesterday as they surrendered a 74-70 decision.
This drops them for joint second with the National University Bulldogs and Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles. The Tams pole vault to the top and mayhap be the only team to beat DLSU twice in the regular season. Several things went nicely for the Archers on offense namely the Jeron Teng revenge game as the RoboSon posted 28 (22 shots)-8-4ast-2blk stat line. Norbert Torres had a nice double-double of 13 and 10 while Jason Perkins and Almond Vosotros pulled down double-digit rebounds. The two however, were non-existent on offense.
But the offense is not the main point for the Archers against the Tams. It’s the defense, and they paid for it dearly.
The Archers did a great job here. They forced the star forward to his worst shooting game of the season as he only made five out 13 shots for his 11 points. He did haul down eight rebounds but it was the shackling that came away as impressive. He’s one of the scoring leaders of the UAAP behind only Kiefer Ravena and Teng.
It was a stroke of genius that the Archers denied Mac Belo his touches where he wanted them and forced him into awkward shots. However, this ploy was their eventual undoing as Mike Tolomia just went up a notch towards end game.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll repeat it: FEU wins when Tolomia is dishing that basketball at least four times a game. It doesn’t matter how careless he is at most times for when it is crunch time, the kid got guts. And he pretty much showed it again, proving to be an Archer Killer himself (he’s done it twice already). He only managed three assists but the important part of his game? 0 turnovers.
No one was able to force Mike to turn it over again and again. See how that ended? 22 points on 18 shots, five boards, three assists, 0 turnovers in an MVP-worthy performance.
I did say it was going to be close. But man, that 3-for-13 day by Almond killed DLSU here. And Perk’s 4-for-15 day against a miniscule frontline. Man that blows right? What’s more is that Achi Inigo totally outplayed my favorite Kib MontalBUST. Wait, not outplayed. Destroyed.
Featured image courtesy of Mark Cristino, Pinoy Exchange