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    Defense on FEU's Big Two keeps Archers in playoff hunt

    Sep 16, 2012
    FEU guard RR Garcia faces pressure from La Salle's Yutien Andrada, left, and LA Revilla. Jerome Ascano

    LA SALLE boosted its Final Four hopes with a defense that allowed the Green Archers to dominate Far Eastern University, 63-56, on Sunday in the UAAP seniors basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Guard Almond Vosotros came up big for the Archers in the important victory that pulled them into a tie for fourth place once again with National University, both with 8-5 win-loss slates.

    After bowing to National University last week due to the 32-point eruption of Bobby Ray Parks, the Green Archers limited Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia to a combined output of 36 points to capture the victory.

    “First, I think that we were lucky that they are not a complete team… We knew for a fact that RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo will carry this team in terms of scoring and a lot of things so we just focused defensively on them,” said La Salle coach Gee Abanilla.

    The Tamaraws, who played without suspended players Arvie Bringas and Mark Belo, slid to 9-4 in a tie for second with University of Santo Tomas.

    Vosotros scored 21 points while making three three-pointers. His trey off the glass put the Archers ahead 56-49 with two minutes and 34 seconds left in the fourth period.

    The Archers close the elimination round against Adamson on Thursday, needing a win to solidify their Final Four hopes and, possibly, a twice-to-beat incentive.

    After leading by two points at the half, the Archers opened the third period with a 9-0 run to break the game open.

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    Romeo had a game-high 26 points but Garcia was limited to only 10 points in the game.

    The scores:

    DLSU (63) – Vosotros 21, Teng 10, Revilla 8, Andrada 7, Van Opstal 6, N. Torres 6, T. Torres 3, Mendoza 2, Webb 0, Manguera 0, Tampus 0.

    FEU (56) – Romeo 26, Garcia 10, Mendoza 8, Escoto 5, Cruz 3, Tolomia 2, Hargrove 2, Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0, M. Bringas 0.

    Quarterscores: 11-12; 26-24; 42-33; 63-56.

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    FEU guard RR Garcia faces pressure from La Salle's Yutien Andrada, left, and LA Revilla. Jerome Ascano
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