• Green Archers shoot down Blue Eagles

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    Ateneo rookie Chris Newsome (with ball) drives against Jeron Teng, Luigi de la Paz and Arnold Van Opstal of De La Salle during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 men’s basketball on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    DE La Salle University bucked a lethargic first half to stun defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, 82-73, on Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball Season 76 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    The Green Archers, who are now with 2-1 win-loss card under new coach Juno Sauler, ended a six- game losing skid to the Blue Eagles since 2010.

    Ateneo absorbed its third straight loss.

    Almond Vosotros fired 19 points for the Green Archers while Arnold Van Opstal na contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists and Jeron Teng added 13 points and 10 boards.

    Earlier, Far Eastern University (FEU) routed hard-luck University of the Philippines (UP), 75-57, to regain the solo top spot.

    The Tamaraws relied on veteran point guard Terrence Romeo’s double-double performance of 20 points and 12 rebounds as FEU cruised to its third straight victory.

    “We need to control our emotions at this point,” said FEU mentor Nash Racela. “We were trying to guard against complacency.”

    Ryan Roose Garcia finished with 15 points and Mike Tolomia added 10 points for the Tamaraws, who are now one game of duplicating their best 4-0 start last year.

    Raul Soyud posted 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons, who remained winless in three games. Chris Ball scored only nine points but got 19 rebounds and two blocks.

    “We need to control our emotions at this point,” said FEU mentor Nash Racela. “We were trying to guard against complacency.”

    FEU raced to an early 23-12 at the end of first quarter before registering a 41-21 halftime lead. UP couldn’t recover in the second half despite trimming down the deficit to 50-62, midway third period. Romeo hit a jumper and a trey to extend the lead to 67-50 in fourth period.

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