Sunday, September 6, 2015

La Salle jumpstarts UAAP 78 campaign, beats depending champ NU Bulldogs

De la Salle shrugged off a late scare to survive National University, 67-63, and jumpstart its UAAP Season 78 campaign on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
La Salle jumpstarts UAAP 78 campaign, beats depending champ NU Bulldogs

The Green Archers saw their double-digit lead almost disappear no thanks to the defending champion Bulldogs’ trademark suffocating defense, but proved steady down the stretch to hold on for the hard-earned victory.
Jeron Teng and Jason Perkins hit the key baskets in the clutch, while rookie Andrei Caracut also shone in his debut for La Salle, which joined opening-day winners University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas on top.

“A win is a win, but this doesn’t prove anything yet,” said Teng, who finished with a game-high 18 points, including two on a tough running bank shot that gave the Archers a 64-59 lead with 23.6 seconds to go.

Gelo Alolino stood at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ comeback, pouring half of his team-high 16 markers in the final three minutes, including one on split charity that put NU within 60-59 after trailing by as many as 14 points in the third quarter.

Caracut, the blue-chip recruit out of San Beda, pumped in 13 markers, including three on a left-wing three-pointer that gave the Archers their biggest lead at 41-27.

DLSU 67 – Teng 18, Caracut 13, Perkins 13, Rivero 11, Sargent 6, Torres 3, Trater 3, Go 0, Langston 0

NU 63 – Alolino 16, Alejandro 15, Aroga 9, Diputado 8, Javelona 4, Salim 4, Neypes 3, Javillionar 2, Morido 2, Abatayo 0, Celda 0, Rangel 0, Tansingco 0

Quarterscores: 16-6, 33-23, 51-40, 67-63


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