La Salle in solo 3rd, nips Ateneo-A A +A
Sunday, September 1, 2013
JERON Teng delivered his best shot when it mattered most.
Reprising his role as La Salle's go-to guy, Teng scored a jumper with less than two seconds left to carry the Archers against archrival Ateneo de Manila, 66-64, in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament on Sunday before a packed Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
"Every game matters. The game at hand is more important than the momentum," said La Salle coach Juno Sauler after his boys gained solo third in the standings, 7-4, and jacked up their chances for a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four.
Ateneo joined University of Santo Tomas in fourth place at 6-5.
It was the first time for La Salle to sweep Ateneo in the double-round eliminations since 2001. The Archers also overwhelmed the Eagles in 2005 although those wins were forfeited when the UAAP slapped the Archers with a one-year suspension in 2006 for fielding ineligible players.
Teng finished with eight points but missed four free throws including a split with 19.4 seconds left, 64-62.
Kiefer Ravena replied few ticks later to tie the match albeit temporarily.
"He (Teng) made a good read there. He wasn't double-teamed so he just made a good basket," said Sauler.
After the game, Ateneo mentor Bo Perasol confronted a La Salle fan for allegedly shouting insults at him and his team. The incident happened near the Eagles dugout.
Earlier in the day, UST needed two extensions to defeat Far Eastern University, 79-78, and ousted the Tamaraws from the top spot after dropping four of their five assignments in the second round.
Karim Abdul paced the Tigers with 24 points including the three-point play that put the team ahead, 79-76.
"I'm trying my best to help this team be in the same position again (from last year) and hopefully this time we can win the championship," said Abdul, who was part of the team that yielded to Ateneo in last year's finals.
Terrence Romeo registered 19 points and Mark Belo had 15 for FEU, which slipped to 8-4, half game behind leader National University (8-3). (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)