La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle avoided  back-to-back losses and dispatched Far Eastern University, 75-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers, after losing to Ateneo 76-75, bounced back and improved to 6-2 to stay at second place while the Tamaraws dropped to 4-4 and barely clung on to the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ ‘Ready’ Jett Manuel joins PBA Draft Rivero split from the line to make it 75-73 for La Salle but his second attempt did not hit the rim allowing FEU to get possession without the clock ticking away precious seconds.Despite his late-game blunders, Rivero still led the Green Archers in scoring with 20 points while Ben Mbala had an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double.Substitute Jolo Go played quality minutes for La Salle finishing with 14 points, going 4-of-5 from deep, as he hit timely shots that prevented the Tamaraws from taking the lead in the fourth quarter.La Salle had a 60-49 lead early in the 4th quarter when FEU slowly chipped at it to make it a two-point game, 67-65, before Go scored five straight points to put the Green Archers up 72-65 at the 3:23 mark.Ken Tuffin led FEU with 14 points while Barkley Eboña handled his own against Mbala underneath with eight points and 13 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Andrei Caracut stole Ron Dennison’s inbound pass that preserved the game for the Green Archers after Ricci Rivero committed a free throw violation that almost proved costly for the Green Archers.Rivero said they just had to stick to their team’s system of focusing first on defense instead of forcing their offense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The coaches just told us to just stuck to the system, because we get our offense through our defense,” said Rivero as La Salle scored 23 points off FEU’s 29 turnovers. “Everything I did on offense started from the team’s defense.”FEU scored five straight points in the last 2:28 to cut the deficit to just one, 74-73, with Prince Orizu jamming one home at the 2.2-second mark. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img

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