The DLSU Green Archers are still alive in their quest to secure the last spot in the Final Four, but their chances look slimmer now after losing for the the third straight time as they fell to their archrivals the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 73-62.
In what appears to be a very crucial match, the Green Archers went off to a scorching start, leading by 10 at the start of the first quarter. But things just went downward from then, especially in the third quarter where they were outscored 23-9. The Green Archers had a chance to close the gap in the final period, but a series of silly fouls, Jeron Teng fouling out midway through the fourth quarter, their inability to hit from the outside, misses at the line and a number of poor decisions spelled their doom which sent them to 5-7, half game behind the defending champions NU Bulldogs.
Their outside and free throw shooting woes continue as they converted only 25% of their attempts from 3-point country and 50% of their free throws. Their inability to hit outside shots also continue to haunt them as they can’t seem to close the gap on leads, especially in the final stretches of the game. In this game they were outdone in the rebounding department, with the Blue Eagles dominating the boards, 48-34. Ateneo’s 39.5% ORB also shows how the Blue Eagles were able to outhustle the Green Archers which gave them a 10-0 edge on second chance points. Also, the free throws played a major role in the outcome of the match with Ateneo tallying a 39% FTR as compared to DLSU’s 19.4%.
The Blue Eagles were led by their veterans Von Pessumal and Kiefer Ravena, who may have played their final Ateneo-La Salle game of their collegiate careers, with 17 and 15 points respectively. They also got a big boost from their bench, particularly from the stellar play of the duo of Aaron Black and Adrian Wong as they combined for 23 of the 30 bench points. For the Green Archers they were led by sophomore Prince Rivero, arguably the lone bright spot for the Green Archers,with 16 points and nine rebounds. Teng added 11 points, way below his average.
In their final two games, the DLSU Green Archers are given with a difficult but definitely not impossible as they chase for the Final Four berth. They will have to face a dangerous UP team and this year’s title favorites, the FEU Tamaraws in their last two assignments. We know that there is no-sure win in the UAAP, but their remaining games will be determined by their heart and their desire to win.