The Green Archers felt they should have won their last game against UST. But a fourth quarter meltdown where the Growling Tigers were hitting timely baskets while they were missing crucial ones spelled the doom for them. The Red Warriors may not be as formidable as the Growling Tigers, but they are equally as dangerous. They has been the wildcard this season. They have kept it close against the the top teams in the standings, but have not really been able to quite finish things off. The Green Archers had their shares of ups and downs, showing a lot of inconsistency throughout the season. UE though have been playing above what people expect before the season started. While they have lost a lot of key contributors last season, a lot of players (both old and new) have stepped up their games, making them a very dangerous squad.
In the first round, DLSU pretty much had the upper hand against the Red Warriors, leading throughout the game before holding off a late UE comeback to preserve a 71-64 win. Leading the way for the Green Archers was Jeron Teng who had 16 points. In that game, the Green Archers also saw the emergence of bigman Larry Muyang, who had a breakout game of 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. While UE forced the Green Archers to a lot of turnovers, 29% TOV rate, DLSU were able to held their own as they used their strengths against a less talented UE team to get this win. They also played great defense in this game, limiting the Red Warriors to just 33.3% eFG, while also limiting UE’s leading scorer, Edison Battiler, to just 2 points.
The DLSU Green Archers and the UE Red Warriors are two of the more exciting teams to watch this season, with their frenetic pace. UE favors to play recklessly, utilizing their famous fullcourt press to disrupt their opponents’ game, while DLSU uses its fast-paced offense to makeup for their lack of size. Both teams are also looking to get a slot in the Final Four, with DLSU having the inside track while UE are outside looking in.