UE comes back to clip La Salle
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- Reserve wingman Ralf Olivares rifled in a huge triple in the final 42.9 seconds as University of the East completed an 85-83 comeback win over De La Salle University in the 76th UAAP men's basketball touranment on Saturday, July 20, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Trailing by 10 early in the last quarter, the Red Warriors clawed their way back into the game before Olivares and unheralded Dan Alberto conspired to score the Recto-based squad's last 10 points and help UE score their 3rd win in 6 games.
"The players really have to play above pressure and above their egos," said coach Boycie Zamar. "They have to be more determined this time."
The loss sent the Green Archers down the standings with a 2-3 card.
Jeron Teng and Almond Vosotros teamed up in a torrid first-half attack, with the duo combining for 24 points as La Salle led at the break, 43-39.
Vosotros continued his brilliance in the second half, scoring 7 straight points before a Luigi dela Paz bucket gave the Archers a 68-58 advantage with only 7:39 left to play.
Just as everything was going smoothly for La Salle that time, the Warriors just refused to give the game away.
Big man Chris Javier and guard Roi Sumang led UE's comeback as they trimmed the deficit to one at 76-75 before Arnold Van Opstal gave the Archers a 78-75 edge with under two minutes remaining on the clock.
Super subs to the rescue
Olivares, who has missed 4 of his 5 shots before getting sent back late in the period, fired 6 of his 8 points on 3 free-throws and the go-ahead triple off a Thomas Torres turnover in the final minute.
Meanwhile, Alberto, who replaced the cramping Sumang, scored off a floater and sealed the win for the Warriors with two free-throws with 28.5 seconds left.
"He has a big heart, just like Sumang and (Charles) Mammie," said Zamar.
Sumang finished with 21 points, including 11 in their fiery comeback, while also grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing off 6 assists while Mammie and Javier combined for 35 points and 21 boards.
Vosotros wounded up with a career-high 26 points, but Teng did not help La Salle's cause by going scoreless in the second half and ending up with 13 markers. - Rappler.com