ALMOND Vosotros converted the game-winning shot as De La Salle scored a nail-biting 70-69 overtime win against Adamson on Wednesday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Vosotros came through in the clutch, scoring a short jumper with 1.8 seconds in the extra period to pull off the victory and help La Salle come up with a fine start in the second round.
The Green Archers improved their win-loss record to 4-4, while the Falcons fell to 3-5.
Vosotros led the Green Archers with 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting. The biggest shot, however, came in the waning seconds of the extra period, the ball bouncing four times on the rim before falling in.
Adamson failed in its execution in the final possession, with Jericho Cruz forcing a triple from near center court.
“It’s good for the team that the team knows that even in close games, we can win it,” La Salle coach Juno Sauler said. “I heard Arnold (Van Opstal) before leaving the floor saying that we got one also in overtime so I hope that we can build on this.”
The Green Archers won without Thomas Torres and Luigi De La Paz, who were in sick bay.
La Salle, notorious for failing to come through in the endgame, appeared on the verge of another meltdown when it failed to keep a 59-54 lead with Rodney Brondial putting Adamson ahead 60-59 on a putback at 2:04 in the fourth.
Point guard LA Revilla converted a triple with 56.6 seconds left but Brondial’s two free throws with 42.8 seconds made it 62-62. Adamson also had three good looks at a game-winner in regulation but Harry Petilos, Don Trollano, and Brondial failed to convert.
The Falcons had a 69-66 lead with Roider Cabrera burying a triple with 55.1 seconds left but failed to execute their offense in the end game.
In contrast, the Green Archers made their shots in the final minute of the game, with Norbert Torres hitting a short stab at the 36.9 second mark before Vosotros’ game-winner, which came after an offensive rebound off a Revilla miss.
The Green Archers won despite being outrebounded 52-40, including a season-high 23 by Brondial.
DLSU (70) – Vosotros 19, Van Opstal 13, Teng 9, N. Torres 8, Perkins 6, Revilla 5, Tampus 4, Salem 3, Montalbo 3, Reyes 0.
Adamson (69) – Brondial 19, Cruz 15, Cabrera 11, Trollano 9, Petilos 6, Monteclaro 5, Sewa 2, Julkipli 1, Agustin 1, Rios 0, Ochea 0, Cabigas 0, Bernabe 0, Abrigo 0.
Quarterscores: 14-16; 34-30; 52-47; 62-62; 70-69.