By Jonathan Salvacion
After falling short in their first two games in the UAAP Season 77, defending champs DLSU Green Archers are now back on track after defeating the National University Bulldogs 57-55 to notch their first win of the season at the jam-packed Mall of Asia Arena this Wednesday afternoon.
The Green Archers were led by grizzled veterans Jason Perkins and Norbert Torres who chipped in 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Green Archers and the Bulldogs engaged on a grudge match wherein both of the teams gave each other a run for their money right from the get go. As a result, the match became a low scoring ballgame.
Refusing to be left behind, NU’s Alfred Aroga showed his perimeter shooting prowess in this game, pouring out 12 points for his team, but that was not enough to beat the very hungry and determined De La Salle team who wanted to end their 2 game losing skid.
Coach Juno was far from being satisfied with how his team executed the plays today.
“We can’t celebrate, it’s too early. We have to find ways to execute better,” said DLSU’s Chief tactician Sauler.
Nevertheless the DLSU Green Archers moved up in the standings with a 1-2 win-loss record while NU falls to 2-1.
The next assignment for DLSU is the host team UE who has yet to lose a ballgame. The game is slated on July 26 at the historic Smart-Araneta Coliseum. NU on the other hand is looking to move on from this disappointment when they face Ateneo.
So many side stories transpired in this game, but for now, it’s safe to say that DLSU’s aspiration to notch a 2-peat is definitely alive and kicking.