Last Wednesday’s game between DLSU and UST was really a game of the champions. Although the Green Archers started slow, trailing 10 points in the first quarter (13-23), they managed to cut down the Growling Tigers’ lead to 31-38 at first half. At the end of the third quarter, they were ahead by four points, 54-50.
The game continued with shots from each camp–whenever dlsu shoots, ust answers; then it got reversed–ust shoots, dlsu answers. The Teng brothers, playing on opposite sides, had a brush into the remaining minutes of the game. Green Archer Jeron was fouled by older brother Jeric. La Salle closed in on the gap 69-70. But Kevin Ferrer made a 3-point shot, and 3 points also got added to La Salle’s score making it 72-73 with 29 seconds left. LA Revilla got hold of the ball, tried to shoot with follow-ups from the other boys but the Universe apparently favored UST at that very moment. The buzzer went off. UST took the first game.
Both teams were in the lower Top 4 ranking, and both eliminated their opponents–4th seed UST demolished top seed NU and DLSU walloped FEU. In this best-of-3 championship playoff, game 2 is happening today, October 5, 2013 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 3:30 p.m. It’s telecast live on Studio 23 with replay on Balls Channel 37 on Destiny Cable.
After the second round, with eight straight wins, coaches of other teams were saying La Salle is the new Ateneo (the team that had a record-breaking five successive wins). But the Tigers are hungrier than ever. It’s been a long time since they held the championship crown and was runner-up to Ateneo for the last five years.
DLSU has the slogan “Never Shall We Fail.” UST has “Roar to 2-0” campaign for today’s match.
An attendance high of more or less 21,000 was reported on Wednesday. Scalpers are said to be on the prowl, selling tickets as much as P45,000 which got comments on Facebook that the amount is enough to pay for a semester’s tuition. Green Archers are advised to buy tickets only from trusted sources and at Ticketnet.
Smart Araneta Coliseum and Ticketnet released their official statement regarding an officer caught transacting business with a scalper: “The staff in question has already been placed under preventive suspension pending investigation of this incident. We are also working closely with PNP Station 7 to go after the scalpers and to deploy more operatives in succeeding events at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to intensify the drive against scalping.”
Who’s gonna win? The clock is ticking; the countdown has begun.