Fastbreak: La Salle, NU demolish foes

Levi Verora
La Salle and NU scored dominant wins over their Saturday opponents in UAAP Season 76.

BEAST ON THE BOARDS. Perkins dominated the Maroons' frontline. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda. 

DLSU Green Archers (85) – (63) UP Fighting Maroons

The best: Newcomer Jason Perkins is on a serious mission in this game, pouring 13 of his 19 points in the second half and hauling down 16 rebounds including 10 on the offensive glass. Norbert Torres added 16 points and 14 rebounds as the frontcourt duo torched UP in the second half, enabling the Green Archers to pull away.

The worst: UP shot an embarrassing 20.7% from beyond the arc, their second-worst this season. Sam Marata struggled to find his groove, botching all of his 7 three-point attempts while Raul Soyud also fell in love with the rainbow shot, missing 5 attempts.

UP could have won if this was a 20-minute ball game. But that’s not how things go. In the first half, they shot close to 47% as Henry Asilum heated up with 13 points on 3 triples. However, La Salle changed the entire scene with an outburst in the second half, outscoring the hapless UP squad, 50-21. The Maroons scored just 7 points in the final period and even worse, fired just 9-of-38 from the field in the final two quarters.

SIZZLING BULLDOG. Rono came out with a career-high output in points. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

NU Bulldogs (75) – (61) UST Growling Tigers

The best: Stopper Robin Roño showed that he’s also an effective scorer, topping the game with 19 points. He provided the spark off the bench, knocking down 5-of-6 from downtown and adding 4 rebounds and 2 steals in just 19 minutes of play.

The worst: Someone send the UST Growling Tigers to a free throw-shooting clinic! The España crew shot 10-of-22 from the stripe. In their comeback attempt in the final quarter, point guard Ed Daquioag missed 5 straight foul shots as the Tigers slid to 6th place with a 4-5 win-loss card.

Total team effort: Coach Eric Altamirano is really happy with NU’s balanced offense tonight. Dennice Villamor waxed hot for 18 points and 9 rebounds while Gelo Alolino and Glenn Khobuntin combined for 19 markers, 7 boards, and 7 assists. This game showed that the Bulldogs are no longer a Ray Parks-and-Jean Mbe team. They’re a complete package and they are for real.

Strong finish: The Sampaloc dribblers never ran out of gas, closing the game on a 15-4 blast. They’re also +17 on fastbreak points, +6 on turnovers forced, and +6 in three-pointers made. They now have a strong grasp of the number two spot with a 7-3 record and could get a share of the lead if FEU loses tomorrow. –