DLSU douses cold water on UP in Teng’s return, clinches Final 4 berth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 15, 2016 04:50 PM
DLSU douses cold water on UP in Teng’s return
WELCOMING PARTY. Jeron Teng showed no signs of rust just as DLSU showed no signs of slowing down.

Out of action in both of their last two assignments in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Jeron Teng was a man on a mission and wasted no time in getting into his groove.

Pounding in eight of his 21 points in the first seven minutes, the returning team captain was the engine that powered the Green Archers right through very game University of the Philippines, 78-72, on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Early on, Teng was outperforming all of their opponents as DLSU raced to a 19-7 lead at the 3:01 mark of the opening salvo.

The graduating swingman also piled five rebounds, two assists, and two steals to prove that he is back at full health and in full form following minor surgery on his left foot. Ben Mbala also remained a force with a 17-point, 20-rebound double-double as the Archers remained in the league-lead with a still spotless 9-0 slate.

“We’re playing as a team right now. Kahit anong binabato sa amin, may pang-counter kami,” a satisfied coach Aldin Ayo said in his post-win interview.

Living up to their monicker, however, the Maroons kept fighting throughout and still threatened at 65-71 inside the last two minutes. “Na-disrupt yung galaw namin kasi maganda gameplan ng UP. Good thing nung patapos na, nakapag-execute kami ng maayos,” Ayo said.

Indeed, Teng was out to finish what he started and had three points the rest of the way to put the finishing touches in DLSU’s clinching of at least a playoff for the Final Four.

Aldin Ayo’s “mayhem” was still a question mark for their opponents who were forced into 33 errors. The Archers were only willing to run with it with a 26-13 advantage in points off turnovers.

For State U, Paul Desiderio and Jett Manuel merged for 29 points. Unable to keep pace with their opponents’ depth, however, their winning streak comes to an end and they fall back into a 3-7 standing.

BOX SCORES

DLSU 78 – Teng 21, Mbala 17, Torres 13, Melecio 9, Rivero R 9, Rivero P 4, Montalbo 3, Caracut 2, Tratter 0, Perkins 0, Baltazar 0, Go 0

UP 72 – Desiderio 16, Manuel 13, Gomez de Liano 11, Lim 8, Moralde 7, Harris 4, Prado 4, Lao 4, Espanola 3, Dario 2, Webb 0, Romero 0, Vito 0, Jaboneta 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-14, 41-34, 55-48, 78-72

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