Green Archers rout Tigers in preseason game marred by bench-clearing scuffle
“I told the referees already na if you don’t control the game, magsusuntukan ang mga yan." -- DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo
The De La Salle Green Archers cruised to a 109-81 beating of the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers in a game marred by a bench-clearing scuffle that saw both teams nearly coming to blows.
The Green Archers were on fire right out of the gate, draining five three-pointers, along with back-to-back slams from Ricci Rivero to give DLSU a 17-point lead seven minutes into the game.
DLSU kept their comfortable lead with little resistance from UST until the 20-second mark of the fourth quarter when players from both squads charged to the court.
“I told the referees already na if you don’t control the game, magsusuntukan ang mga yan kasi maraming mga extra motion na hindi tinatawag,” DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo said post-game.
The second quarter saw the Tigers finding ways to break through the Archers’ trapping defense, with Steve Akomo and Jeepy Faundo each tallying slam dunks that elicited cheers from their bench.
But those breakthroughs for UST were few and far between. De La Salle still managed to maintain the huge gap with the help of a two-handed rim-rattler from Mbala to finish the second quarter with an 18-point lead 55-37.
Down big at the half, the Tigers started the third quarter with a 9-1 run, inching their way to within 10 points with a layup from Akomo with 4 minutes to go. But the Archers answered with a 10-2 blitz to keep the comfortable 79-66 lead heading into the fourth.
Lee closed out the third quarter with a four-point play and began the fourth with a three-pointer to help bring the Tigers within nine, 79-70 with 8 minutes left in the game.
Not wanting to be at the losing end of another upset, the Archers locked in, going in a blistering 19-0 run, highlighted by a breakaway slam by Ricci Rivero to put DLSU up 100-73 and to put away the Tigers for good.
Everything except the final score was settled until the near-brawl broke out at center court that resulted in the ejection of UST’s Marvin Lee, Jeepy Faundo, Zach Huang, Christian Garcia, Jordan Sta. Ana, Wendell de Guzman, and Carlos Escalambre.
For DLSU, rookie Ramil Tero along with Ricci Rivero, Santi Santillan, and Gabe Capacio, were sent out.
Ben Mbala led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds to help lead the Archers to their second straight win and to improve to a 2-1 slate while sending the Tigers to their third loss in as many games.
Lee led the way for the Tigers with 18 points, followed by 16 markers from Akomo.
DLSU - Mbala 21, Melecio 17, Ri. Rivero 17, Montalbo 14, Pr. Rivero 12, Caracut 11, Baltazar 6, Tratter 5, Santillan 4, Go 2, Gonzales 0, Paraiso 0, Capacio 0, tero 0.
UST - Lee 18, Akomo 16, Sta. Ana 10, Garcia 9, Huang 8, Faundo 7, Basibas 4, Escalambre 4, Afoakwah 2, Garrido 2, De Guzman 1, Soriano 0, Lorenzana 0, Caunan 0, Romero 0, Yabut 0, Santos 0.
36-21, 55-37, 79-66, 109-81.