FEU bows to La Salle for 2nd straight loss-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
LA SALLE avoided a fourth quarter collapse against Far Eastern University, listing a 75-66 victory on Sunday in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Tamaraws managed to turn a 22-point deficit into a one possession game with 5:11 remaining, 64-62.
But the Archers, still reeling from the first round defeat to the Tamaraws on July 13 after blowing a 13-point lead in the payoff period, hung tough through Jeron Teng and Almond Vosotros to deal their opponents' second consecutive loss.
"It's the mental focus of the players that pulled us through," said La Salle coach Juno Sauler, whose wards improved to 5-4, half-game behind National University (6-3) which torched Adamson University (3-6) in the opening match, 80-48.
Teng finished with 16 points, including seven in the final quarter, and nine rebounds while Jason Perkins had 18 points and 13 boards. Vosotros came up with 13 markers.
The Archers grabbed more rebounds, 59-36, but gave up 17 turnovers as against FEU's six. The Tamaraws converted this to 14 points.
"I'm not satisfied with how we played. We have to do a better job throughout the 40 minutes," said Sauler, noting the team's turnovers and less than 50 percent field goal shooting.
Roger Pogoy topscored for FEU, which remained on top of the eight-team field at 7-2, with 16 points and nine boards. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)