Teng shuts down Ravena late as Archers outduel Eagles
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2015 07:07 PM
KIEFER-STOPPER. The King Archer got the better of the King Eagle this time around.
Of course, De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University gave the ball to Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena just as their first rivalry game in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament went down the wire.
Down by two inside the last minute, however, it was Josh Torralba who took full advantage of being left wide open for a corner trey that proved to be the go-ahead basket in the Green Archers’ 80-76 triumph over the Blue Eagles on Sunday at the MOA Arena.
Still, Torralba wouldn’t have had a chance to take the shot if not for Teng drawing defenders as he barreled his way towards the basket. Even more, it was the King Archer who took it upon himself to stay in front of the King Eagle at the other in end.
Stay in front he did as with Teng hounding him, Ravena missed all four of his shots in the last two minutes to continue his miserable shooting from the field, this time missing all but seven of his 24 shots. Talking about the defensive effort of his star, coach Juno Sauler said, “I just told Jeron to contest all of his (Kiefer) shots.”
Ateneo was on-point from the field and built a 10-point advantage in the first half before Thomas Torres and Jason Perkins sparked a 25-point third quarter for the Archers that tied the game at 61 entering the fourth.
The old-time rivals then battled back and forth until Chibueze Ikeh’s basket gave the Eagles a two-point lead inside the last two minutes. It was at that point that Ravena kept calling for isolation with Teng in front of him and the King Archer responded by only ceding contested jumpers.
However, DLSU also had difficulty finding the basket until Torralba’s wide open triple. Three of four makes from the line later, the Taft-based squad scored their fourth win in seven games.
Teng showed the way for the Archers with 19 points while Torres and Perkins added 15 and 13 markers, respectively.
With the loss, the Eagles are now tied with their rivals in the standings.
DLSU 80 - Teng 18, Torres 15, Perkins 13, Rivero 10, Torralba 9, Caracut 6, Tratter 4, Navarro 3, Muyang 2, Sargent 0.
ATENEO 76 - Ravena 19, Ikeh 13, Capacio 10, Gotladera 8, Pessumal 8, Tolentino 7, Pingoy 6, Apacible 2, Babilonia 2, Ma. Nieto 1, Cani 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 13-25, 36-46, 61-61, 80-76.
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