Teng lands knockout blow after DLSU takes FEU’s best shot
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2016 07:42 PM
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT. Jeron Teng and DLSU were given a good scare by FEU, but still came out on top.
While they didn’t dominate like expected, De La Salle University still had the one thing that may very well spell the difference between them and defending champion Far Eastern University.
Pushed to the limit by the Tamaraws, it was Jeron Teng who had the answer for the Green Archers as they prevailed in an 83-78 thriller of a win on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
The graduating forward poured in seven of his 28 points in the last two minutes to carry DLSU which witnessed their lead of as much as 16 get completely erased. “Eto ang pupuntahan ko lagi,” an appreciative coach Aldin Ayo expressed in his post-game conference.
After a tight first quarter, the Archers took control of the contest by unleashing their fully-loaded lineup at the start of the second. They were still looking down on their opponents, 62-46, early in the third before the Tamaraws went on a 28-12 stampede to tie the tally at 74-all inside the last five minutes.
FEU had two chances to grab the lead for their own, but Jojo Trinidad, Prince Orizu, and Wendell Comboy all muffed on their shots. Following a split from the stripe by Ben Mbala, Teng then took over and outscored all of their opponents by his lonesome, 7-4.
Teng also collared eight rebounds while the debuting Mbala lived up to his billing as an interior terror and wound up with 13 points, 23 rebounds, and four blocks. “Sasandalan ko ‘tong mga haligi, but we also have role players,” Ayo said.
Indeed, the fully-loaded lineup also showed up with everybody from rookie Aljun Melecio and his 10 points to veteran Julian Sargent and his outstanding defense contributing.
The matchup between the defending champions and the title favorites was the most-anticipated of the year following the two teams’ tuneup game last month that was called off for getting too intense. “We have overcome it already and for me, trabaho lang naman ‘to, walang personalan ‘to,” Ayo said.
The Tamaraws’ valiant stand was fronted by Ron Dennison who had 13 points to lead four other teammates in double-digits. The balanced attack, however, was no match for their fully-loaded opponents and their title defense got off on the wrong foot.
DLSU 83 – Teng 28, Mbala 13, Melecio 10, Tratter 7, Montalbo 6, Rivero 6, Torres 4, Caracut 4, Go 3, Sargent 2, Baltazar 0
FEU 78 – Dennison 13, Trinidad 12, Arong 11, Orizu 10, Comboy 10, Jose 7, Inigo 7, Tuffin 4, Escoto 2, Nunag 2, Bayquin 0, Holmqvist 0, Ebona 0
QUARTER SCORES: 28-25, 51-43, 66-63, 83-78
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