DE La Salle regained the form that gave it the championship in the UAAP as it scuttled Far Eastern University, 80-60, to revive its campaign in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
A day after being stunned by Cebu's Southwestern University, 68-58, in overtime, the Green Archers returned to their winning ways as they banked on a balanced attack that had four players scoring in double digits in the all-UAAP affair.
“The rotation was better today,” said Archers coach June Sauler, who scattered playing time evenly with only two players registering more than 20 minutes unlike in the game against the Cobras where five players suited up for at least 26 minutes.
The Archers next face San Beda in a battle of champions of the country’s two most prominent collegiate leagues, while SWU takes on FEU.
Matt Salem, who could only muster seven points and five boards on Monday, shone brightest with 17 points, nine boards, and one block in just 18 minutes, while Jeron Teng had 13 points, seven boards, and four assists for La Salle, which built leads as big as 29 points.
On defense, the Archers shackled Mike Tolomia, who wound up with only four points as he missed all but two of his 15 shots after scoring at will and finishing with 23 points in the 62-56 win over the defensive juggernaut that is San Beda on Monday.
The return of 6-foot-7 slotman Arnold Van Opstal, who was out Monday with a hip contusion, also boosted the Archers, who outrebounded the Tamaraws, 58-40, and limited their opponents, who were missing power forward Mark Belo and head coach Nash Racela, to 29.5-percent shooting.
“Arnold is our main center. Although Norbert (Torres) is there, we need someone also like Arnold because when they sit down, we give up too much height to the opponent,” Sauler said as Van Opstal and Torres combined for 15 rebounds.
DLSU (80) – Salem 17, Teng 13, Vosotros 11, Bollick 10, N. Torres 6, Tampus 5, Perkins 4, Reyes 4, T. Torres 3, Dela Paz 3, Montalbo 2, Van Opstal 2
FEU (60) – Pogoy 14, Mendoza 14, Hargrove 12, Jose 7, Cruz 6, Tolomia 4, Luz 2, Aguilon 1, Lee Yu 0, Iñigo 0, Dennison 0, Delfinado 0, Sentcheu 0
Quarterscores: 21-16, 49-31, 67-41, 80-60