MANILA, Philippines –The De La Salle Green Archers were lucky to score in their crucial inbounds play against National University (NU) Wednesday, head coach Juno Sauler admitted.
Leading 55-53 with 1.9 seconds to go in their shot clock, La Salle forward Jason Perkins briefly shook off his defender, Kyle Neypes, and darted right under the basket. He received an inbound pass from Jeron Teng, but was double-teamed by NU's Troy Rosario, while another NU defender, Glenn Khobuntin, lurked closely.
Perkins, however, was able to rise up and muscle his way into a lay-up, giving the Green Archers a 57-53 lead with 6.7 seconds to go in the contest. The basket gave La Salle enough of a cushion to eventually go and win their first game of the season, 57-55.
MANILA, Philippines – La Salle head coach Juno Sauler is still hoping that injured point guard Thomas Torres can return to the team late in the second round of the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament.
Torres suffered a fracture in his right foot during the defending champion's game against rivals Ateneo last July 20, and is out for six weeks, Sauler confirmed on Wednesday.
"If the healing speeds up, then maybe earlier," Sauler told reporters after La Salle's 57-55 win over National University (NU), their first victory of the season. "Pero hindi natin alam pa."
MANILA, Philippines – In just the first three games of the season, Ateneo rookie Arvin Tolentino has shown the talent that made him one of the most highly recruited high school athletes last year, and his coach believes he can only get better.
In their first game of the season against Adamson, Tolentino flubbed his first two attempts, then recovered well to finish with 12 points in his college debut. He showed his versatility on offense, scoring both inside the paint and from beyond the arc.
He tallied his first collegiate double-double against La Salle, with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and followed up that performance by scoring a career-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds against UP on Wednesday.
MANILA, Philippines – Former University of the Philippines (UP) coach Ricky Dandan proved to be a huge help to Ateneo when the Blue Eagles played the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 77 tournament Wednesday.
Dandan left the Maroons abruptly in Season 76, when UP had already lost eight consecutive games on their way to another winless season. He is now an assistant to Bo Perasol with Ateneo, and helped the Blue Eagles notch an 86-75 win over his former team.
"Usually we get a single page of scouting report," Perasol told reporters after the game. "With Coach Ricky, he had it three (pages), back-to-back. He told us he could not get more detailed than that."
Before we look at what the Ateneo Blue Eagle rookie Arvin “The A-Train” Tolentino, there are two moments that will define the Ateneo-UP match from last Wednesday.
There was 5’9” Nico Elorde blocking 6’5” Gelo Vito and a play or two later, Kiefer Ravena hitting a huge triple that hit the bottom of the net.
Even if Ateneo looked lethargic (I won’t give UP too much credit for defense here) because they surrendered 86 points, those two moments emphatically said that the Fighting Maroons weren’t going to upset them on that day.
Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol may have a young Blue Eagles squad this season but that doesn’t mean his team isn’t up to the challenge.
Ateneo picked up a third consecutive victory after an 86-75 triumph over the UP Fighting Maroons on Wednesday and they’ve been doing it with several youngsters stepping up to the plate.
Against UP, they showed they didn’t need to rely on star guard Kiefer Ravena as rookie Arvin Tolentino and several other players made big contributions to the Ateneo cause.
Defending champion La Salle booked its first win of UAAP Season 77 on Wednesday with a 57-55 victory over previously-unbeaten National University at Mall of Asia Arena.
With their backcourt depleted because of the injury to starting guard Thomas Torres, the Green Archers relied on big boys Norbert Torres and Jason Perkins to make key plays down the stretch.
The two frontliners scored the final nine points for La Salle, which opened the season with back-to-back defeats.