DLSU exacts revenge on UP in second round

by John Remil Isaga

Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer UP Fighting Maroons
Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers escaped a dangerous University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons squad, eking out a 72-68 win in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Araneta Coliseum, Wednesday.

With this victory, the Taft-based squad tied defending champions National University with a 6-7 record in the battle for the last Final Four slot. While UP fell to 3-10, leading by a half game over Adamson University.

Jeron Teng led the DLSU pack with 20 points, while Paolo Rivero and Thomas Torres also gave the Archers a huge lift by combining for 29 points and 28 rebounds.

UP’s leading scorer Jett Manuel finished with a team-high 15 points but he blanked all his five attempts from three-point land. Dave Moralde also caught fire in this game, finishing with 14 points.

The Maroons were ice-cold from the opening tip. They finished the first quarter with just six points as they failed to convert their 14 attempts in the perimeter.

However, the Archers were caught off-guard at the second quarter, as the Maroons went on a 14-3 scoring spree to tear down their deficit to just one point at the half. A pair of three-pointers from Moralde and Pio Longa gave the UP faithful hope that their team could duplicate its remarkable 71-66 win during the first round.

UP continued its hot streak and extended their lead to four at the start of the third canto. However, the team was called for a technical foul when the DLSU coaching staff noticed that Longa wore the wrong team shorts.

Both teams then went back and forth with multiple field goals from an assortment of players which sent the coliseum rocking with deafening cheers. The Archers trailed by three at the end of the third, 49-52.

With their Final Four hopes on the line, the Archers went on a game-deciding 11-0 rally to put them up by nine, 69-60. UP trimmed down their deficit with a small 6-0 run but it wasn’t enough as a pair of charities from Teng put them away for good.

“We were aware that our last two games are very crucial,” said Teng after the game. “So I told myself and my teammates to take it one game at a time.”

UP will play its final game of the season against their first game victim University of the East Red Warriors next Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

 

Final Scores:

UP (68) – Manuel 15, Moralde 14, Desiderio 10, Dario 9, Longa 8, Amar 6, Kone 2, Vito 2, Gallarza 2, Juruena 0, Harris 0, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0

DLSU (72) – Teng 20, Rivero 18, Torres 11, Torralba 8, Caracut 7, Perkins 4, Muyang 2, Langston 2, Go 0

UP remains unscathed in UAAP women’s badminton

by TNP Sports

Photo by Nix Alcalde
The UP Lady Shuttlers remain unscathed in UAAP badminton as they subdue De La Salle University, 3-2. Photo by Nix Alcalde

Defending women’s champion University of the Philippines Lady Shuttlers turned back De La Salle University, 3-2, to remain unscathed in the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament at the Rizal Badminton Hall, Wednesday.

In the first singles match, season 77 rookie of the year Mary Ann Marañon overcame DLSU’s Arianne Rivera in three sets , 15-21, 21-15, 21-11 while Paola Bernardo defeated Mariya Anghela Sevilla, 21-16, 21-15, in the second singles match.

The Lady Maroons won the tie after the tandem of reigning MVP Jessie Francisco and Eleonor Christine Inlayo subdued Alyssa Leonardo and Kristelle Salatan, 22-20, 21-19 in the first doubles match..

The Lady Archers, on the other hand, drew victories in the second doubles and the third singles match as Sevilla and Aries Montilla edged Marañon and Marina Caculitan, 21-10, 21-19, while Nicole Albo defeated Inlayo, 21-19, 17-21, 21-14.

UP now holds a 3-0 card while La Salle dropped to 2-1 in the tournament.

Photo by Hannah Paguila

The men’s team, meanwhile, fell prey to the dominant defending champions National University, 0-5.

Games for the men’s and women’s team resume on Saturday as they face the University of Santo Tomas at 10 a.m,  and Adamson University at 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Lady Archers romp Maroons anew in UAAP Volleyball

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

by David Tristan Yumol

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Ara Galang led the Taft-based squad with 17 points, including 12 spikes. Team skipper Abigail Maraño scattered 11 points, while crowd darling Mika Reyes tossed in seven points for the Lady Archers, who are already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

Team captain Angeli Araneta led the Maroons in scoring with 11 points, ten of which came from attacks. Katherine Bersola added 10 points but these were not enough for the Lady Maroons to make an upset.

La Salle dominated the first set with ease, but UP put up a scare in the second frame. The Maroons scored six unanswered points to lead early, 8-2. The Archers fought gallantly halfway through the set and came close at 13-12, but UP dropped three more points to secure the momentum in the second technical timeout.

DLSU came back with vengeance after the break, exploding with an 11-5 run through the efforts of Galang and Maraño to escape a close win in the second set.

In the third set, the Archers blazed in a commanding 12-2 lead to show their strength as the best team in the league. UP managed to score some aces midway of the set but the towering presence of La Salle stood out to end the match in a dominant style.

DLSU is three wins away from sweeping the season while UP absorbed its tenth loss in 11 games.

UP Women’s Chess team continues dominance; Men’s team fails to shake off slump

The University of the Philippines Women’s Chess team bagged back to back victories in the fifth and sixth rounds of the UAAP Season 76 Chess Tournament.

by Anton Onato

The University of the Philippines Women’s Chess team bagged back to back victories in the fifth and sixth rounds of the UAAP Season 76 Chess Tournament.

The Lady Maroons took a firm hold at the second place with 17 points after dominating University of the East and Adamson University scoring 4-0 and 3-1, respectively.

De La Salle University remains at the first place in the women’s category with 19.5 points.

Meanwhile, the Men’s team remained at sixth place with eight points as they succumbed to Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas anew with a score of 2.5-1.5 and 0-4.0, respectively.

The Men’s Team will next face Ateneo de Manila University while the women’s will square off with De La Salle University on Saturday.

UP booters continue win streak vs DLSU, 3-1

The University of the Philippines cruised to its fourth consecutive win after beating the De La Salle University, 3-1 in the UAAP Men’s Football tournament Sunday at the Far Eastern University-Diliman football field.

by John Reczon Calay

Updated and corrected 10:07 p.m. 

The University of the Philippines gained its third win in four outings in the second round after beating the De La Salle University, 3-1, Sunday in the UAAP Men’s Football tournament at the Far Eastern University-Diliman football field.

Gio Diamante put La Salle ahead early on, scoring the first goal of the game in the 24th minute. But UP’s Fe Baya netted a goal in the 33rd to immediately neutralize.

Maroon striker Jinggoy Valmayor converted a penalty kick in the 75th minute after being fouled by Archer Nicko Villacin to give UP a 2-1 lead.

Vincent Aguilar finally sealed the win for UP after a clinical goal in injury time.

UP remains at second with 19 points for a 6-3-1 win-loss-draw record, behind FEU’s 27 points and 9-1-0 card.

The Maroons will next face University of the East on Feb. 2 at the Ateneo De Manila University football pitch.

Maroon booters drop second loss vs DLSU, 2-1

The University of the Philippines’ quest of reclaiming the title they last won in 2012 took a blow after suffering two consecutive losses in UAAP Season 76 Football Tournament at the FEU-Diliman field.

by John Edison Ubaldo

The University of the Philippines’ quest of reclaiming the title they last won in 2012 took a blow after suffering two consecutive losses in UAAP Season 76 Football Tournament at the FEU-Diliman field.

The Fighting Maroons earlier endured a tough 2-0 opening day loss against UE, the only team who was not able to register any win last season.

With the upset at the back of their minds, UP started energetic early in Friday’s game. Striker Jinggoy Valmayor almost netted a goal in 9th minute but his attempt flew over the bar.

The Green Archers retaliated in the ensuing play as Charleston Uy converted a miss by Nathan Alquiros in the 11th minute for the lone goal in the first half, 1-0.

UP refused to give up and mounted a comeback as the Maroons’ resilience led to a game-tying goal by Valmayor in the opening minute of the second half, 1-1.

But the Lasallian squad ran away with another goal courtesy of Inigo Gonzales in the 50th minute, 2-1, to retake the lead for good.

The UP Maroons remain at the cellar of the standings with no points to show, while DLSU is tied for fourth with Ateneo garnering three points. The Red Warriors, meanwhile, is the solo front runner with nine points after picking their third win versus NU earlier Friday.

The Maroon booters will next face National University on Tuesday, December 3, 1pm at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

UP suffers second straight double digit loss to DLSU

Down by only four at halftime, the University of the Philippines succumbed to powerhouse De La Salle University’s endgame onslaught to fall 96-84 in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

By Anton Onato

Photos by Mark Conrad Salvador

Down by only four at halftime, the University of the Philippines succumbed to powerhouse De La Salle University’s endgame onslaught to fall 96-84 in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

The win helped the Archers even their win-loss card, 1-1, after an opening overtime defeat against last year’s runner-up, University of Santo Tomas.  The Maroons, who lost their first game against Adamson University last Sunday, dropped to 0-2.

“We’re actually doing our best to cope with the new system of our new coach (Juno Sauler). Siguro, ‘yung nangyari nung Sunday ay first game jitters. So thankful ako na nakabawi kami ngayon,” said Archer Jeron Teng, who delivered an all-around 20 points, four assists and two steals performance.

Almond Vosotros of DLSU started the juggernaut as he sank two triples following Teng’s back-to-back lay-up for an early 14-2 spread in the first quarter.

The Fighting Maroons, however, proved to be fighters as they stayed within striking distance behind Jason Ligad’s buzzer-beating trey, 24-19.

La Salle’s lead ballooned to double digits in the second frame as Thomas Torres scored a three, 37-26, but Henry Asilum and Marata came up to work and scored their own series of three-pointers to keep close at 48-44 going into the halftime break.

The Archers edged the Maroons in the third frame as the La Sallian big men led by Jason Perkins did a lot of damage to UP’s defense, 71-60.

But the Maroons answered back as rookies Kyles Lao and Kyle Suarez made an impact inside the court as they chipped in their own baskets scoring a lot of crucial points, 73-67.   La Salle’s domination inside the paint continued as they started the fourth quarter sizzling-hot behind Perkins, who scored eight straight points, six of which coming from second chances, 96-84.

“We actually made a lot of runs but we were not able to maintain focus in the game because we were outrebounded by DLSU. We’re not as big and as tall as the DLSU players are. We just really have to work on our rebounding and when we work on that I guess it will be better for us,” said Joseph Marata, who topscored UP with 21 points on five triples.

Prized rookie Lao also made a name for himself as he scored 18 points becoming the first freshman in the season to deliver a double digit scoring performance.

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Box scores:

DLSU 96 – Teng 20, Pekins 20, Vosotros 15, N. Torres 14, T. Torres 14, De La Paz 7, Van Opstal 6, Bolick 0

UP 84 – Marata 21, Lao 18, Asilum 12, Suarez 9, Ball 6, Soyud 5, Pascual 3, Ligad 3, Gallarza 3, Desiderio 2, Wong 0, Amar 0

Quarter scores:  24-19, 48-44, 75-67, 96-84

Atkins leads Archers past Maroons, 80-62

The Maroons tried to keep it close, answering every free throw and three-point shot of the Archers with their own but the closest they got was 31-34 at the end of the first half.

By Marisse Gabrielle Panaligan

The Fighting Maroons press a full court defense against the Green Archers in their opening game meeting. The Maroons lost to the Archers 80-62. (Christine Anne Penalosa)

The Green Archers never left the driver’s seat.

De La Salle University’s Simon Atkins took full control of the game against the University of the Philippines, throwing in 20 points of the 80-62 rout, posting La Salle’s first win in the first round of the UAAP Men’s Basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

Atkins’ four three-point shots and two free throws kept La Salle up the entire game. La Salle’s team captain finished with three steals, two rebounds, two assists and one block.

Woody Co and Michael Silungan boosted the Maroons’ offense with 17 points apiece but the Archers’ Maui Villanueva and Joseph Marata stepped up and combined for 23 points.

“We are not that tall; our only advantage is our speed. Everyone clicked and we got a win,” Atkins said.

Green Archer guard and team captain, Simon Atkins (right), stands next to swimmer-actor Enchong Dee as they represented the Lasallian community in the opening ceremonies of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 73 Saturday. (Christine Anne Penalosa)

The La Salle team is being headed this year by a new coach, Dindo Pumaren, younger brother of former coach Franz Pumaren, and is mostly composed of rookie players.

The Maroons tried to keep it close, answering every free throw and three-point shot of the Archers with their own but the closest they got was 31-34 at the end of the first half.

The Archers stretched their lead to double digits after their offensive assault on the inside early in the second half, forcing the Maroons to lose their grip on the score.

Weak defense

The Maroons tried to bridge the gap but their consistency in the free throw line and the three-point arc declined in the end game.

“There is no rhythm. The team is kinda off,” said Silungan, who promised at the UP Pep Rally Friday evening he would lead the Maroons to the Final Four this year.

With barely nine minutes left in the game, Atkins’ steal delighted the La Salle crowd as he ran towards the ring and made an easy basket, stunning the Maroons.

The Archers’ lead ballooned to 22 points but the Maroons fired two more shots before the buzzer, ending the game in 80-62.

“We will forget this game and move on,” UP Coach Aboy Castro said.

Rookie Jett Manuel was also seen in action for the Maroons, contributing five points and three rebounds.

“He (Manuel) needs to get more weight but I like the energy. He’s smart and I like the way he plays,” said Castro.