La Salle stands tall against FEU to stay third in UAAP 81

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 27, 2018 06:20 PM
La Salle stands tall against FEU to stay third in UAAP 81
Justine Baltazar feasted on FEU's Prince Orizu-less frontline

All of Justine Baltazar, Santi Santillan, and Brandon Bates towered over all of the competition on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

With those three doing the heavy lifting, the Green Archers powered their way right through struggling Far Eastern University, 65-57, to protect their place at solo third in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Baltazar had 15 points while also hauling in six rebounds and two blocks while Santillan had a 12-marker, 14-board double-double.

Bates also turned in his best game thus far with seven points and 10 rebounds. “This is Brandon’s night. This guy will do everything, not just scoring, to win the game,” head coach Louie Gonzalez said post-game.

Those three also conspired to form a wall that allowed just three points from their opponents in the last six minutes of the game. “Actually, this is what I really want from the start. Yung team na pini-picture ko is kahit sino sa mga players ko, makakatulong sa amin,” coach Louie said.

At the other end, Aljun Melecio came on late with his five unanswered points capping off the 8-0 run that increased a one-point edge into a 62-53 lead with 1:15 remaining.

In the end, Melecio had seven points, two assists, and two rebounds while Kib Montalbo chipped in seven markers, four dimes, and three boards.

With the win, the Green Archers remain alone at third-place while also sending the Tamaraws down to fifth with their fourth consecutive defeat.

For FEU, Arvin Tolentino showed the way with 20 points in his first game back from a two-game suspension.

Continuing to miss the services of Prince Orizu, however, they have now fallen out of the playoff picture after ending the first round in first-place.


LA SALLE 65 – Baltazar 15, Santillan 12, Melecio 7, Montalbo 7, Caracut 7, Bates 7, Dyke 5, Serrano 5, Go 0, Manuel 0.

FEU 57 – Tolentino 20, Parker 6, Stockton 6, Escoto 5, Iñigo 5, Ramirez 5, Cani 4, Comboy 3, Eboña 3, Bienes 0, Tuffin 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 14-13, 34-34, 48-47, 65-57


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