Archers take Game 1

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Monday, December 16, 2013

THE De La Salle University Green Archers started strong and never looked back to draw first blood and move a win away from clinching the 2013 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) National Collegiate title after a 64-54 win in Game 1 of the best-of-3 championship series at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

After suffering a 68-58 loss in overtime to the Cobras in the final four last Dec. 9, the Archers turned the tables around by forcing the Southern Island Champions to commit a string of turnovers to build an early 21-8 lead.

DLSU did not let the Cobras get their running game going and led the entire game.

With SWU struggling on its shots, DLSU continued to play like a well-oiled machine and posted its biggest lead of the game at 54-32 at the end of the third period.

Today, DLSU will try to close the series and lift its second PCCL title as both teams meet in Game 2 at 4 p.m. still at the same venue.

Unlike in their first meeting, Jerome Teng showed the Cobras why he is called the King Archer as he scored eight in the opening quarter, while his backcourt buddy Thomas Torres succeeded in breaking the defense of SWU.

Teng finished with a team-high 18 points including six rebounds and five assists and was named the game’s best player.

With the game completely in control, DLSU managed to build its 22-point lead, following a 16-6 run at the 7:51 mark.

The Cobras started to get their shots falling and their defense managed to hold the Archers and they outscored the UAAP champions 20-7 in the first six minutes and 45 seconds of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 61-52 at the final 3:14 mark.

However, that run was cut short and Mark Jayven Tallo’s pass to Landry Sanjo was stolen by Torres.

Tallo was caught flat-footed by the quickness of Torres, forcing the guard to give up a foul as he tried to stop the basket. The DLSU guard scored a conventional 3-point play to give the Archers a 12-point lead at the 1:18 mark.

Tallo tried to make up for that with a triple but his shot missed.

Although SWU regained possession Sanjo scored a basket to move the team to 54-64 at the 52.7 seconds mark, the Cobras ran out of time.

dlsu (64)—Teng 18, T. Torres 15, N. Torres 10, Reyes 9, Bollick 5, Perkins 4, Dela Paz 3. SWU (54) – Sanjo 16, Arong 11, Goloran 7, Mohammed 6, Tallo 6, Bregondo 4, Siewe 2, Bautista 2.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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