MANILA, Philippines – Entering Friday’s game, the Southwestern University Cobras looked to end their losing streak against the De La Salle University Green Archers and avenge their loss in the 2013 PCCL Finals.
However, it looks like SWU will have to wait another day to get their revenge.
Almond Vosotros led the way with 19 points, five assists, and three assists, while Jeron Teng had 14 markers to lead the Green Archers’ victory over the Cobras, 72-64, on June 6, Friday, at the San Juan Arena.
La Salle’s win propels them to the finals of the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, where they will face the winner of today’s matchup between the CEU Scorpions and San Beda Red Lions.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Juno Sauler-coached club was ahead by five, 56-51.
The Cobras were able to put points up on offense, but they weren’t able to contain Vosotros on pick-and-roll plays with bigs like Norbert Torres and Arnold Van Opstal. With a little over seven minutes to go, Mark Tallo hit his first shot of the game – a corner three-pointer – that was quickly countered by Julian Sargent’s basket on the break, 64-56.
Another triple by Tallo, a former DLSU Green Archer, got his club to within seven. However, the Cobras and an exhausted Landry Sanjo had no answer for Van Opstal, who got incredible post position in the fourth quarter and scored on consecutive possessions.
With 3:30 to go, Teng managed to sink in another mid-range J, showing off his new soft touch to put La Salle up 11, 70-59. Southwestern would never recover, and the defending UAAP champions were headed to the finals.
Norbert Torres and Van Opstal were the only two other DLSU players to score in double figures, combining for 23 markers. La Salle’s trip to the league finals marks their fourth since the tournament’s inception.
SWU raced off to an early advantage, erecting a 5-0 lead after Alejandro’s lay-up. However, the Lasallians, catapulted by Teng’s six early points and assists, combated with a 13-0 rally to take an eight-point lead.
The Cobras tried to counter and unfurled eight markers of their own, but the reigning UAAP champions kept them at bay for most of the first period, as an Vosotros-Yutien Andrada connection gave the guys in green an 18-13 lead with 2:30 left.
After 12 minutes of action, the Green Archers had an eight-point lead, 24-16, with Vosotros’ 10 points leading everyone.
The Cobras didn’t permit their rivals to get away with the game in the second quarter, as a couple of key jumpers by Pardo kept his team within striking distance. Moments later, another long-range bomb by Pardo gave Southwestern the lead once again, 28-26.
DLSU continued to struggle on the floor, as SWU’s full-court pressure caused a couple of turnovers while Sanjo protected the paint against La Salle’s bigs. With 2:20 to go, an offensive foul was charged to Jasper Parker for lowering his shoulder. Nonetheless, the Cobras had the lead and momentum, 33-30.
After the Cobras went up by six, a jumper by Teng and three-point play by Vosotros kept La Salle in the fight. However, Parker was able to knock in a triple before the second quarter buzzer sounded to give his team a 39-35 lead after 24 minutes.
The third quarter started chippy, with numerous fouls being called by the game’s officials. While La Salle struggled to score, the Cebu-based team took advantage and went up by eight, 46-38, after a beautiful bullet pass by Parker led to an open Sanjo lay-in.
DLSU countered with a 9-0 run, capped off by a triple by Jason Perkins and breakaway bucket from Vosotros. Moments after, Thomas Torres, who hit seven threes in La Salle’s last game, converted his lone long-range bomb of the match to put his squad on top, 50-46. – Rappler.com
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