ROOKIE Jeron Teng scored 35 points and hit the second of back-to-back three-pointers by La Salle to open the second overtime, lifting the Green Archers to a nerve-wracking 87-86 victory over National University on Saturday in the UAAP seniors basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Teng’s heroics allowed La Salle to improve its record to 4-3 in a tie with NU, which was bidding for its third straight win going to the game.
The scoring output by the prolific rookie was the highest by a La Salle player since Joseph Yeo erupted for 33 points in 2003. It was also the highest by any player in the UAAP the last 10 years.
More importantly, it allowed La Salle to stay right in contention for a Final Four berth entering the second round of hostilities.
“I was telling the boys that we can’t afford to be left behind, we have to be within striking distance,” said La Salle coach Gee Abanilla.
“We achieved that goal, and I’m very happy that we finally beat a seeded team. We hope to build on this victory,” he added.
Almond Vosotros finished with 18 points and also made an impact in the second extra period which he sparked off by nailing a triple that was promptly followed by Teng.
It was also Vosotros who sealed the win after splitting his free throws for a four-point La Salle cushion, 87-83, with five seconds to play.
The loss spoiled Bobby Ray Parks’ 35-point effort, his fourth in his collegiate career. The high-scoring sophomore hit a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer to settle the final count.
La Salle won its second consecutive game to wrap up the first round after coming off a three-game losing skid.
“I feel that all our games, may pag-asang manalo, but it’s just that we don’t know how to win at the early part of the season,” said Abanilla.
Vosotros nearly became the goat when his split free throws led to an undergoal stab by Troy Rosario with seven-tenth of a second in regulation that sent the game into overtime, 69-69.
An Arnold Van Opstal slam and a Vosotros lay-up started off the first overtime period, but Parks scored the final four points to send the game into another extension, 79-79.
But the triples by Vosotros and Teng proved to be the big difference for the Green Archers’ second double overtime game of the season. They bowed in their first double OT game against the UST Tigers, 84-82, last August 4.
DLSU (87) -- Teng 35, Vosotros 18, Andrada 8, Van Opstal 7, N. Torres 6, T. Thomas 5, Mendoza 4, Revilla 3, Manguera 1, Gotladera 0, Tallo 0, Webb 0.
NU (86) -- Parks 35, Rosario 14, Mbe 12, Javillonar 6, Rono 5, Alolino 4, Villamor 3, Khobuntin 3, Singh 2, De Guzman 2, Labing-isa 0, Betayene 0.
Quarterscores: 25-14, 42-37, 59-52, 69-69, 79-79, 87-86.