JERON Teng and Jason Perkins led from the front as De La Salle pulled off a vengeful 88-86 win over arcgh-rival Ateneo on Sunday in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Teng scored a game-high 32 points on top of six rebounds while Perkins added 18 points, none bigger than a fadeaway jumper with the shotclock running down that stopped a rallying Blue Eagles side on its tracks, 84-81, with 31 seconds to go.
The De La Salle pair added a free throw each in the endgame as the Green Archers held on for the victory against an Ateneo side that couldn't get anything from a clearly fatigued Kiefer Ravena in the endgame.
By ending the Blue Eagles' three-game win streak, the Green Archers created a three-way tie at the top among La Salle, Ateneo and Far Eastern University, which beat National University, 74-70, in the day's other game.
Ravena scored 22 points for Ateneo but went just 8-for-23 from the field. He also threw up two airballs from long range and completely missed the hoop on a drive in another play when the game was on the line in the final minutes.
With Ravena uncharacteristically misfiring, Chris Newsome picked up the cudgels for Ateneo by scoring its last two points, including a three-pointer which he banked in off Perkins' outstretched arms that cut La Salle's lead to 86-87 with three seconds to go.
However, Almond Vosotros knocked in a penalty free throw with 1.9 seconds left and Perkins grabbed the rebound off the missed second free throw to seal the victory.
Teng, who scored 21 points in the first half, shot 7-of-16 from the field and 17-of-20 from the free throw line for the Green Archers, who extended their winning streak to six.
“I’m not thinking of the standings and the streak,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “I’ve said that so many times.”
Julian Sargent and Robert Bolick chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, while alternately shadowing MVP candidate Ravena the whole game. Sargent also made a big three-pointer in the endgame.
“Defense started to adjust on Jeron in the second half. He made very good reads to involve his teammates,” said Sauler.
Newsome had 15 points but was saddled for most of the game by foul trouble. Nico Elorde added 14, while ex-La Salle cager Fonzo Gotladera and Von Pessumal tallied 10 each for the Blue eagles.
DLSU (88) – Teng 32, Perkins 18, Sargent 11, Bolick 10, Rivero 9, Vosotros 6, N. Torres 2, Tratter 0, Montalbo 0, Mustre 0.
Ateneo (86) – K. Ravena 22, Newsome 15, Elorde 14, Gotladera 10, Pessumal 10, A. Tolentino 7, Capacio 6, Babilonia 2, T. Ravena 0, Apacible 0, Lim 0.
Quarterscores: 19-10, 44-36, 66-61, 88-86.