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    Lasalle looks like it won't miss Ricci Rivero and Benoit Mbala all that much as it aims to regain the UAAP title, from the Philippine Star online...

    Archers shoot down Maroons

    MANILA, Philippines - La Salle showed great promise even on the exit of a number of key players, topping a highly fancied University of the Philippines, 82-79, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

    Old hands Kib Montalbo, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio and Justine Baltazar played well with new recruits Brandon Bates and Taane Samuels as the Archers got past the vastly improved UP side.

    Baltazar top scored for the winning team with 16 points, with Samuel and Caracut contributing 12 and 11, respectively.

    “The win was a bonus as we’re a work in progress,” said first-year DLSU coach Louie Gonzales.

    “We have to find the 51 points that we lost,” added Gonzales, referring to the outputs of former Archers Ben Mbala, Ricci and Prince Rivero and Abu Tratter.

    Ateneo spoiled the party of the debuting Gilas Pilipinas cadets with a 75-69 victory in the second game.

    Thirdy Ravena turned in a team-high 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the reigning UAAP champions.

    The scores

    First Game

    DLSU 82 – Baltazar 16, Samuel 12, Caracut 11, Santillan 9, Montalbo 9, Bates 9, Melecio 8, Corteza 4, Go 3, Dyke 1, Capacio 0.

    UP 79 – Juan Gomez De Liano 21, Dario 16, Akhuetie 12, Desiderio 9, Vito 8, Javi Gomez De Liano 7, Jaboneta 3, Manzo 2, Murrell 1, Prado 0, Tungcab 0, Gozum 0, Lim 0.

    Quarterscores: 20-15, 36-36, 58-52, 82-79

    Second Game

    Ateneo 75 – Ravena 16, Wong 13, Nieto Mi 10, Nieto Ma 9, Go 7, Kouame 5, White 5, Belangel 4, Maagdenberg 3, Asistio 2, Navarro 1, Mamuyac 0, Credo 0

    Gilas cadets 69 – Rivero R 17, Paras 13, Gomez de LIano 11, Tratter 8, Ambohot 5, Gozum 4, Tolentino A 3, Tuffin 3, Tolentino V 3, Rivero P 2, Desiderio 0, Mocon 0

    Quarterscores: 17-16, 29-27, 53-48, 75-69

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    La Salle holds off UP in Filoil opener

    By: Mark Giongco‎ - @inquirerdotnet / 07:06 PM April 21, 2018

    De La Salle University drew impressive outings from its new recruits to hold off University of the Philippines, 82-79, at the start of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

    Kiwi import Kira Samuel and Fil-Aussie Brandon Bates impressed in their preseason debuts, combining for 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Green Archers.

    The 6-foot-8 Samuel had a near double-double with 12 points and seven rebounds while Bates added nine points, three rebounds and one block.

    “Actually, I’m not putting a lot of pressure on the two, but they delivered,” said DLSU coach Louie Gonzalez.

    Key returnee Justine Baltazar topscored for La Salle with 16 points that went with six rebounds, three assists and two blocks while Andrei Caracut chipped in 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the three-point area.

    “The win is just a bonus for us because the team is still really a work in progress,” said Gonzalez.

    The Archers blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter but the Maroons made one last push to pull within one, 80-79, after a Diego Dario 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left.

    Samuel hit two free throws to give La Salle a three-point cushion before Paul Desiderio took a half-court heave as time ran out.

    Juan Gomez de Liano led all scorers with 21 points built on five triples on top of six assists while Dario had 16 points. Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie, the transferee from University of Perpetual Help, finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

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    Twin towers? How about triple towers for La Salle?

    By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 21, 2018 08:11 PM

    With the departure of Ben Mbala, De La Salle University was left in the hands of fiery guards Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, and Kib Montalbo.

    In the opening of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, however, it wasn’t that high-octane backcourt which was doing the steering.

    Rather, it was the fearsome foursome of 6-foot-8 Taane Samuel, 6-foot-8 Brandon Bates, 6-foot-7 Justine Baltazar, and 6-foot-5 Santi Santillan who took center stage as the Green Archers dropped loaded University of the Philippines, 82-79, on Saturday.

    Pride of Pampanga Baltazar top-scored with 16 points on top of six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks; Kiwi reinforcement Samuel posted 12 points and seven rebounds; Filipino-Australian Bates had nine points; and Cebuano stud Santillan had nine points and six rebounds.

    Every time La Salle took charge in the contest, three of their four bigs were on the floor – overturning their expected strength of small ball and going big, very big, instead.

    And in the end, the Taft towers also connived to go at Fighting Maroon powerhouse Bright Akhuetie who was frustrated into 12 points, 15 rebounds, and seven turnovers.

    First-year head coach Louie Gonzalez was nothing but satisfied with their two-way effort. “They all delivered. Siyempre, si Samuel and si Brandon, they’ve been away from home so andami pa nilang adjustment, pero good thing, nag-deliver pa rin sila,” he shared.

    A step forward was already expected from Baltazar who is now being tasked to fill the void left behind by back-to-back MVP Ben Mbala while Santillan has always been solid.

    And so, it was Samuel and Bates who truly opened eyes in their first big game. “The one big adjustment for these two is the height of their opponents. They’re so used to playing with players their height so now, they have to adjust,” their mentor said.

    Indeed, while he impressed, Bates said he can do much more – especially on the glass. “I just went out there and did my thing, but I’m still a bit disappointed, not getting as many rebounds,” he said, after only hauling in three rebounds.

    The good news is that in Samuel’s eyes, they are already on their way into being well-adjusted. “As soon as we started training, coach said we needed to be ready for the physicality. Being in a new environment in the Philippines, coach told us we’re gonna get banged up,” he said.

    He then continued, “We just need to roll with it and keep our heads on straight.”

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    ^ Nagmukha nga namang maliit si Bright Akhuetie nung nakatapat niya itong dalawang rookie big men ng Lasalle. Had it just been Leonard Santillan and Justin (I am not putting an "e" at the end of that, no matter what his birth certificate says...) Baltazar, baka kinaya pa ni Bright. But having the additional two guys there, both of whom are clearly bigger than Bright, at pareho pang may laro, instant contender na naman ang Lasalle.

    It is one thing to merely have a bunch of tall stiffs like say Tsady Rangel, Meds Salim and Matt Aquino over at NU. It is an entirely different proposition pag malaki na nga, may laro pa.

    For those thinking Samuel is overweight and easily winded, please check out his YouTube videos and see him when he was leaner. The entire UAAP is now on notice, pano pa kung bumalik na sa kondisyon 'yan, tapos may katabi pang Bates.

    Basketball is always easier when you have quality size, just ask Norman Black when he got the 5-Peat.

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