Streaking La Salle trips UE in overtime
MANILA -- (UPDATE 2) The De La Salle Green Archers dominated the overtime period to defeat the University of the East Red Warriors, 75-65, and notch their fifth consecutive victory in the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
La Salle out-scored UE 19-9 in overtime and made all of their six field goal attempts to clinch the win and spoil the return of Charles Mammie, who returned to the UE line-up just a couple of hours before game-time after being given a reprieve by the UAAP Board.
"It was very difficult, because we practiced for two days, and the game plan coming into today's game was based on the personnel who will be playing," La Salle coach Juno Sauler said. "And an hour before, we had to change our mindset."
"It was not only difficult for me, but also for the players," he said. "But I have to hand it to the players. They were able to adjust, and given the amount of time we had to talk about it in the locker room, they were able to pull it off."
Jason Perkins scored a career-high 22 points on nine-of-11 shooting, and drained an off-balanced jumper for La Salle that allowed them to take a 56-55 lead with 14 seconds to go in regulation.
But Norbert Torres fouled UE's star guard Roi Sumang, who only made one of two free throws that pegged the score at 56-all. La Salle had a chance to win, but Jeron Teng's jumper hit front iron as time expired.
The Green Archers immediately took charge in overtime, with Almond Vosotros drilling a triple that gave them the lead for good. A jumper by JM Noble and a Mammie free throw had UE within two points, 59-61, but Perkins drained a triple - his third of the game - to give La Salle a 64-59 lead with three minutes remaining.
The Red Warriors were never able to recover, as they committed key turnovers and missed lay-ups under the basket. With 1:21 to go and trailing 60-66, UE had a chance to cut into the lead again but Mammie lost a jump ball to the shorter Perkins.
Guard Gino Jumao-as had a lay-up and then a triple in the final minute, but his baskets proved to be fruitless as La Salle sealed the win with an alley-oop from Teng to Arnold Van Opstal.
With their victory, La Salle now has an 8-4 record. They move to a tie with the idle Far Eastern University for a share of second place.
UE, meanwhile, dropped their third consecutive game and are now at 5-6, on the outside looking in at the Final Four picture. The Red Warriors will have to win their remaining three games for them to have a chance of making the semi-finals.
Teng added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Vosotros fired 16 points for the Green Archers, who shot 43.1% from the field for the game.
Sumang finished with 17 points for the Red Warriors, but missed the key free throw in regulation that could have given his team a badly-needed victory.
JM Noble scored 17, while Mammie finished with 11 points and 20 rebounds in his return to action.
Bolstered by Mammie's return and due in part to La Salle's inability to take care of the ball, the Red Warriors were able to take the lead early. They led by as much as 10, 31-21, after Sumang completed a three-point play with 3:28 to go in the second period.
But La Salle ended the half on a 9-2 run, with Vosotros and LA Revilla each firing a triple, to enter halftime down by just five, 30-35.
UE took a 39-30 lead early in the third quarter, but Perkins sparked a 9-0 run that allowed the Archers to tie the game. It was a nip-and-tuck contest from that point, with the Red Warriors unable to gain separation as they tried to slow down the pace of the game.
In the fourth quarter, UE tried to burn down as much of the clock as possible, but La Salle was still able to keep up due to their free throw shooting. The Red Warriors led 55-54 with a little over a minute remaining, but committed a backing violation, and then a 24-shot clock violation in their ensuing possessions that kept the door open for the Green Archers.
La Salle pounced on the opportunity given to them as they took over in the extra period to march to their fifth win in a row.
DLSU 75 - Perkins 22, Teng 17, Vosotros 16, Van Opstal 9, T. Torres 6, Revilla 3, N. Torres 2, Salem 0, Rreyes 0, Montalbo 0, De La Paz 0
UE 65 - Sumang 17, Noble 17, Jumao-as 13, Mammie 11, Sumido 2, Javier 2, Casajeros 2, Alberto 1, Santos 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0, Flores 0
Quarter-scoring: 14-21, 30-35, 41-45, 56-56, 75-65