The Arena, San Juan
June 8, 2014
This is a short piece dedicated to the La Salle Archers.
Just a few hours back, La Salle came back from the dead and snatched a 71-66 victory over San Beda to crown itself champion of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan City. The title conquest made the Taft-based dribblers the most titled in the nine-year history of this premier pre-season league for collegiate teams with three including in the first two editions in 2006 and 2007. It also won the Archers a collegiate Grand Slam in reverse as they also copped the UAAP and PCCL titles last year. And for the record, the win extended La Salle’s domination of San Beda as the former won thrice and drew once dating back to last year when Lions coach Boyet Fernandez took over the coaching reins.
In contrast, San Beda was denied its first ever crown in four attempts, losing to La Salle in 2007, University of the East the next year and Ateneo in 2011. What made it painful though was that the Lions had this game under wraps after controlling the match majority of the way. Nevermind the bum calls, which Sportsmaryosep thinks are way too many.
Got to give credit to Almond Vosotros who shone like an almond, I mean a diamond, after leading his team with 18 points including those pressure-packed free throws that defanged the Lions. Jason Perkins too, who poured in nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. Interestingly, Perkins was supposed to play for San Beda but left after former coach Frankie Lim left too. He’s the one that got away from the Lions. Of course, there was Jeron Teng, who scattered 14 points to clinch MVP of the tournament honor.
Now time to defend the UAAP title.
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