MANILA - The De La Salle University Green Archers started their second round campaign on a high note after escaping a 70-69 overtime nail biter against the Adamson Soaring Falcons, while National University Bulldogs dealt the Far Eastern University Tamaraws its first loss, 59-58, in the 76th Season of the UAAP at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.
Almond Vosotros buried the clutch corner jumper with 1.8 seconds left that broke the hearts of the Falcons who were not able to come back until the final buzzer sounded. The Green Archers improved their record to 4-4.
The streaky point guard capped off his all around performance by finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Arnold Van Opstal contributed 13 points.
With the score knotted at 66 apiece, Roider Cabrera hit a cold bloodied trey that gave the Falcons a three point cushion,69-66, but the Green Archers responded by a Norbert Torres down low score to put them within one 69-68.
The Falcons had the opportunity to seal the victory but Ryan Monteclaro blew the chance after a costly turnover to give the Green Archers a chance to steal the win away.
With 14 seconds left in the game, LA Revilla fired an ill advised shot but the ball dropped to the hands of Vosotros who fired the game winning jump shot with 1.8 seconds left in the game.
The Falcons relied on the big game of Rodney Brondial who tallied 19 points and 23 rebounds while Jericho Cruz added 15 points for the Falcons who dropped to a 3-5 record.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs wasted no time in dealing the Tamaraws their first loss in this year’s UAAP Season.
FEU threatened to steal the win away and kept its record unblemished but the Bulldogs managed to hold their ground until the final buzzer.
The Tamaraws had their chances as RR Garcia's unleashed a three-point missile that gave them a one point lead, 53-52, with less than seven minutes left in the fourth and final quarter.
Garcia increased the lead to three, 55-52, after converting through a lay-up but Emmanuel Mbe answered by scoring a hook shot to trim the lead to one, 55-54.
Mark Belo nailed a trey that gave the Tamaraws a four point edge,58-54, with 3:40 minutes left.
Both teams was held scoreless for a minute, but Emmanuel Mbe buried his two charities to cut the lead to two,58-56 with 2:10 remaining in the game.
Gelo Alolino finished with 13 points and five rebounds for the Bulldogs.
The UAAP games resumed after a two-week vacation to give way for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships where the Philippines qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.*PNA
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