A fired-up Jeron Teng kept alive De La Salle University’s hopes of retaining the title in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), leading the Green Archers to a 94-73 victory over Far Eastern University (FEU) on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
La Salle, who needs to beat the Tamaraws twice to earn a ticket to the final, took charge early in the game and never gave up the lead.
“Make the most out of the situation whether we win or we lose. That’s what I told them before the game,” La Salle coach Juno Sauler said during the postgame interview. “All the players need to step up, not only Jeron, but also the role players as well.”
Teng, who was good for only eight points in La Salle’s loss to FEU during the playoff, bounced back from that lethargic performance by hitting 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
“We have to bounce back because it is too early for our senior to go home we still have to play more games,” said Teng.
Big man Nelbert Torres backed up Teng with 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Archers established control in the first half, and outscored the Tamaraws 29-20 in the third quarter.
Teng fired 11 points as La Salle padded its lead to 63-47 going into the fourth quarter.
FEU never threatened after that.
Also delivering for the Archers were Almond Vosotros, who fired 17 points, Julian Sargent, who had 11, and Jason Perkins with eight points and eight rebounds.
La Salle outrebounded FEU, 54-41, and had more assists, 19-10.
Mike Belo had 32 points for the Tamaraws, whose win streak over the Green Archers ended on Saturday.
FEU and La Salle face each other again on Oct. 1 at the Araneta Coliseum in a make-or-break match for a final slot.
In the first game, Ateneo de Manila University and National University fight for the other final berth.