THERE’S no better way to relieve the pain of a crushing defeat but to bounce back big time.
That’s what La Salle exactly did before a sea of white and green supporters Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Getting a little of everything from almost everybody, the Archers methodically cut the top-seeded University of the Philippines Maroons down to pieces on the way to a blowout 82-60 win that sent their title series into a deciding Game 3.
The Archers actually started cold, falling behind 2-12, but gained momentum in the second quarter before ripping the game wide apart early in the fourth with timely sniping that left the Maroons and the entire UP community bewildered.
The Maroons were favored to sweep their best-of-three title series after a massive 97-67 win over the Archers.
The Archers, however, came into the game fully prepared against UP’s pressure defense.
The day’s biggest winner was Kevin Quiambao as he formalized his claim to the coveted MVP award.
Not only that, he was again instrumental in the team blowout win with 9 points and 13 rebounds as La Salle once again dominated the boards with Mike Phillips matching Quimbao’s numbers.
The surprise package for La Salle was Francis Escandor who delivered 14 big points while Joshua David was sharp from with 12 points.
And Evan Nelle? He was spectacular.
He only had four points but finished with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Mark Nonoy started the mini run early and wound up with eight points