Wanting to bring the best out of Jeron Teng, Thomas Torres, and coach Eric Altamirano before they enter the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, coach Aldin Ayo and the De La Salle University Green Archers did not hold back, blasting the Flying V Thunder 88-72, Sunday evening.
This is Flying V’s first loss in the added attraction for the 2017 Filoil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup, dropping them to 3-1-1.
And for second-year La Salle head coach Ayo, their goal for this game was two-fold. The first was to further establish the system he is implementing.
“We’re in the process of establishing our systems. Lahat ng ginagawa namin sa loob ng court magiging habit namin. Even in practice ganun ginaagawa namin – Game face parati. Seryoso palagi,” the 39-year-old said. “Every time we compete, we always want to win especially itong exhibition game na marami manonood.”
The second was to bring the best out of former Green Archers Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres.
“Gusto ko matuto yung mga bata eh. I want to help them and the best way to help them is to push them to their limits for them to improve,” Ayo furthered.
After a close first half, the Green Archers turned it up in the third frame by forcing the Thunder to numerous turnovers while pouncing the paint. Ben Mbala and Santi Santillan had their way inside, resulting to Flying V losing big man Hans Thiele in the third frame while Joven Mendoza followed suit later on.
Mbala led La Salle with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and a swat — the lone swat coming by way of a Jeron Teng attempt. Santillan added 17 markers while Andrei Caracut stepped up for the sidelined Kib Montalbo with 17 points as well.
The quintet of Santillan, Brent Paraiso, Gabe Capacio, Aljun Melecio, and Jollo Go closed out the game well for La Salle as Flying V was never able to threaten the Green Archers in the final frame.
“Santi played well today. Medyo slow lang yung start niya pero good for him, he was able to keep up the pace latter ng part ng game. [Ramil[ Tero played a good game. Capacio also. Players that recruited by La Salle are capable of playing and performing well,” Ayo furthered.
Teng led La Salle with 24 points on a 50 percent shooting clip to go along with four rebounds and two dimes. However, he committed six turnovers. Thomas Torres added 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Flying V committed 28 turnovers that led to 19 La Salle points.
La Salle will have a week-long break before taking on the San Beda Red Lions on Sunday, May 28 at 5:00pm. Flying V will begin its Foundation Cup campaign on Thursday.
DLSU (88) – Mbala 19, Santillan 17, Caracut 17, Rivero Ri. 7, Tratter 7, Capacio 6, Paraiso 5, Melecio 4, Tero 3, Go 3, Gonzales 0.
Flying V (72) – Teng 24, Salamat 19, Torres 12, Colina 6, Mendoza 4, Banal 2, Tampus 2, Gamboa 2, Austria 1, Thiele 0, Webb 0.
Quarterscores: 17-19, 43-44, 63-55, 88-72.