De La Salle University relied on a well-balanced game to cruise to a convincing 88-71 victory over Adamson University on Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 men’s basketball at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Green Archers opened with a blitzing 24-10 lead in the first quarter and even took an insurmountable 56-30 advantage in the third quarter before claiming their second win in four games (2-2).
“We are still finding the right chemistry and the coming week is going to be tough, we have to prepare. This win is very important to us,” said La Salle mentor Juno Sauler during the post-game interview. “It was good that we established a huge early lead.”
Small forward Jeron Teng tallied eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in addition to his nine rebounds and five assists despite committing five turnovers to lead the Green Archers.
He shot 8-of-15 in the field.
Veteran playmaker Thomas Torres also shone for La Salle with 16 points and five assists, while Julian Sargent finished with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting in the field.
Joshua Torralba and rookie Andrei Caracut posted nine points each also for La Salle.
“Everybody contributed and we’re happy that we already got our second win,” said Thomas, whose teammates Jason Perkins and Larry Muyang contributed nine rebounds and 12 rebounds, respectively.
Pape Sarr scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Falcons, while Joseph Nalos and Harold Ng merged for 20 points.
The Green Archers dominated the Falcons in the assist (21-10), rebounding (50-48) and three-point shot made (9-5) departments.
Rookie Adamson coach Mike Fermin, meanwhile, was thrown out in the game for continuous complaining after committing his second technical foul in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons remained the only winless team in the league after four games.
In the second game, Far Eastern University defeated University of the Philippines (UP), 75-58, to claim its third win in four outings. FEU joined University of Santo Tomas (3-1) and Ateneo (3-1) on top while UP fell to 2-2.