DLSU withstands fighting UP to remain in playoff hunt
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 11, 2015 07:32 PM
WILL TO WIN.
On Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum, the University of the Philippines found themselves at the wrong end of a little-known rule regarding uniforms.
However, it was two well-known inbounding violations that actually did them in and instead granted De La Salle University a bit of life in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
A pivotal 15-0 rush at the middle of the final frame together with a couple of key defensive stops in the last 30 seconds allowed the Green Archers to overcome the Fighting Maroons, 72-68.
DLSU got jumped on and were down, 54-60, inside the last eight minutes before Prince Rivero had six of their 15 unanswered points that suddenly built for them a 69-60 lead. The Maroons then responded with a 6-0 run to close the gap to 66-69 with 32.9 seconds remaining.
It was at that point that Cheick Kone was unable to handle the inbound from Agustini Amar and UP had to foul Jeron Teng to stop the clock. Following two makes by Teng, Jett Manuel was unable to spot a teammate to inbound to and was called for a five-second infraction.
Not long after, the King Archer split his charities to cement the Archers’ sixth win in 13 games – tying them with National University for the fourth and final playoff berth.
Teng ended with 20 points and Rivero pounded in an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double to halt DLSU’s three-game skid.
Manuel had 15 points to front the edfort for UP who dropped their fifth in a row coming from a 3-5 record.
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