After coming back from 15 down to win against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the Green Archers this time blew a 10-point lead as the Growling Tigers made timely baskets in the final period from Kevin Ferrer and Marvin Lee. Meanwhile, DLSU found itself firing blanks in the final canto. Though the Green Archers played a good game generally, it was simply the combination of not being able to stop UST from scoring and attempting too many quick bad shots in the final period that spelled the doom for them.
For three quarters, the Green Archers were actually playing great basketball. They had good rebounding (46 against UST’s 41) and moved the ball pretty well (14 assists against UST’s 5). While DLSU shot the ball pretty well in the game with a 46.5 eFG%, they gave up 48.5 eFG% to UST. Another problem for them, which has been the case throughout the season, was their inability to contain their opponents and their dry spells in stretch runs. A lot of their losses were in fact due to big runs by their opponents. Remember FEU’s 20-0 run?
Once again leading the Green Archers is Jeron Teng who finished with sixteen points, six rebounds, six assists, and one miracle shot. Also helping out are Prince Rivero with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Josh Torralba with 12 points. But La Salle need help from Jason Perkins who went missing again, well at least for the last three quarters. He had six points in the opening period, then suddenly went missing, not scoring a single point after. He was also in foul trouble as he had four fouls already early in the fourth, including an unnecessary flagrant foul for tripping an opponent which cost La Salle crucial points in the game. Perkins needs more consistency in his game if DLSU wants to go anywhere this season. They are 2-0 when he has scored in double digits, and 2-4 when he has not.
For UST, a sign of great news for them was how Karim Abdul played his best game this season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. His presence inside helped the Growling Tigers to spread their offense, which also led to four other players scoring in double figures (Daquioag 17, Ferrer 15, Lee 13, Vigil 13). Now at 7-1, they are currently tied at first place with preseason title favorites FEU Tamaraws. The thought of them being at the top while their star player has struggled to be in top shape makes the Tigers a very scary team and now that Karim Abdul may have finally found his game this season, other teams have to watch out.
The Green Archers may afford this loss, if their goal is to reach the Final Four. But we know that they want more than that. They want as much wins as they can take, especially we are now into the final stretch of the season.
If there is any consolation to this game, it must be THIS.