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Archers take thriller

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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THE Tornadoes celebrate after scoring a point against Altay VC. THE Tornadoes celebrate after scoring a point against Altay VC.

AS expected, Ben Mbala was impressive in his long-overdue debut, but it was Jeron Teng who struck the hardest down the stretch for La Salle.

Teng scored 10 of his 28 points in the final five minutes of play as the Green Archers thwarted defending champion Far Eastern University, 83-78, giving new coach Aldin Ayo a winning start in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Cameroonian slotman Mbala scored 13 points, pulled down 23 rebounds and swatted away four blocks for La Salle, which squandered a 62-46 third quarter lead before holding on in the end.

Earlier, Alfred Aroga had a double-double outing of 16 points and 13 rebounds in a reserve role as National University subdued University of the East, 72-66, to open its campaign on a high note.

With the game tied at 74-74 in the final 3:54, Teng took charge with a couple of jumpers and hitting four free throws to seal the deal for the Archers.
   
The Bulldogs built a couple of 10-point leads in the first period before surviving a grind-it-out battle with the Red Warriors down the stretch, as Aroga delivered clutch baskets to prevail.
   
“I expected it to be a tough game. I felt UE is a Final Four team. We knew we are in a tough battle. Our defense bailed us out in the fourth,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.
   
With Aroga, who also had four blocks, asserting his might in the middle, the Bulldogs outrebounded the Warriors, 53-41, but they turned the ball over 28 times.
   
“We committed too many turnovers but that is expected when we play UE,” said Altamirano, currently the longest tenured coach in the league.
   
The scores:
   
First Game
   
NU (72) – Aroga 16, Alejandro 13, Diputado R. 9, Salem 7, Morido 7, Rangel 7, Abatayo 5, Diputado C. 3, Gallego 2, Sinclair 2, Pate 1, Mosqueda 0, Salim 0, Yu 0.
   
UE (66) – Batiller 18, Pasaol 10, De Leon 8, Penuela 7, Olayon 7, Varilla 5, Charcos 4, Abanto 2, Palma 2, Acuno 2, Gagate 1, Manalang 0, Armenion 0, Larupay 0, Derige 0, Bartolome 0.
     
Quarterscores: 16-15, 38-33, 47-46, 72-66
   
Second Game
   
DLSU (83) – Teng 28, Mbala 13, Melecio 10, Tratter 7, Montalbo 6, Rivero 6, Torres 4, Caracut 4, Go 3, Sargent 2, Baltazar 0.
   
FEU (78) – Dennison 13, Trinidad 12, Arong 11, Orizu 10, Comboy 10, Jose 7, Inigo 7, Tuffin 4, Escoto 2, Nunag 2, Bayquin 0, Holmqvist 0, Ebona 0.
   
Quarterscores: 28-25, 51-43, 66-63, 83-78