Filoil Pre-season Cup: La Salle shocks Gilas courtesy of Montalbo's hot hands

Philip Matel on Apr 27, 2018 09:06 PM
La Salle shocks Gilas courtesy of Montalbo's hot hands
The DLSU Green Archers rode on their captain's back and remain perfect in the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.

The DLSU Green Archers rode the hot hands of skipper Kib Montalbo in the fourth quarter, shocking the national team, 91-72, in the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Montalbo fired away for 12 points in the fourth, all from downtown, sparking a 20-1 run to end the game in favor of the Taft-based squad.

Things were square at 71 after a Kobe Paras tomahawk jam before Montalbo fired away a fastbreak three and dished out an unbelievable assist to Justin Baltazar to lead, 76-71.

Offense still came La Salle's way as Aljun Melecio, Kira Samuel, and Montalbo added fuel to the fire that was their fourth-quarter performance.

The graduating Montalbo finished the game with 25 points, including seven triples, grabbing eight rebounds, dishing out six assists, and stealing the ball five times. 

It was all-Gilas in the first half, leading by as much as 20 points, 34-14, midway through the second quarter behind Juan Gomez de Liano's 14 points and five assists and Kobe Paras' 12 markers. 

DLSU then fought back and was able to cut the Gilas lead to eight, 39-47, at the half. 

Paras topscored for the 23 for 23 squad with 19.

"Syempre malaking opportunity talaga. Malaking test yang national team. Whatever you say that's the best of the best e. Magandang opportunity for a young team like us na mag-compete sa kanila," said DLSU head coach Louie Gonzalez.

When asked about his performance, Montalbo clarified that he was not extra motivated due to his former teammates, but just wanted to prove a point that they were no flukes themselves.

"Lagi naman [ako inspired]. Pero minomotivate ako ng teammates ko eh. Fighting in practice. The big lead was because we were relaxed in the first half."

Ricci Rivero, who played his first game against his former squad, posted six points. His brother, Prince, meanwhile tallied 0. 

With the win, La Salle rose to 2-0 while Gilas fell to 0-2. 

The Scores: 

DLSU (91) -- Montalbo 25, Melecio 18, Samuel 16, Santillan 10, Baltazar 6, Go 6, Dyke 4, Corteza 2, Tolentino, Capacio 2, Bates 0, Herrera 0.

Gilas 23 (72) -- Paras 19, Gomez de Liano 14, Tolentino Ar 14, Tratter 8, Rivero Ri 6, Tolentino Vi 3, Ambohot 3, Desiderio 3, Gozum 2, Alejandro 1, Rivero Pr, Tuffin 0, Mocon 0, Tamayo 0.

Quarterscores: 14-27, 39-47, 66-65, 91-72. 

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