Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Melecio fuels La Salle fight back against FEU

Needing a sparkplug against the grinding FEU defense, rookie Aljun Melecio answered his coach’s call.

Melecio scored 12 points, all in the second half, powering the De La Salle University Green Archers’ 73-67 come-from-behind win against the skidding defending UAAP Men’s Basketball Champions FEU Tamaraws, Saturday afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

La Salle ended its elimination round campaign with a 13-1 record. On the other hand, FEU falls to 7-5, dropping to third place.

“Big game after a big loss. We’re grateful for this game because mahirap yung talo na yun (sa Ateneo),” first year La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo said.

Jeron Teng led the way with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Mbala added a double-double, his 14th double-double of the season, with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Down by as much as eight points midway through the third canto, 48-40, coach Aldin Ayo desperately looked to his bench for someone who would ignite their offense. And it was rookie Aljun Melecio who stepped up for his team.

Melecio sparked an eight two rally, scoring five point in the rally to give La Salle a momentary lead with 1:52 left. A shot clock-beating triple by Jojo Trinidad stopped FEU’s bleeding entering the final frame.

The two teams then went toe-to-toe in the final frame with no team giving in. Careless turnovers by the Green Archers gave FEU a 65-60 lead with 5:25 left.

That’s when Mbala woke up from his sleep.

A miss by Jeron Teng led to a thunderous putback dunk by Mbala. Turnovers by Prince Orizu and Axel Inigo then led to another Mbala basket. After a failed three-point play opportunity by Inigo that gave FEU a three-point edge, it was Melecio’s turn.

#ReadMore  FEU Tamaraws reunite through cycling

The rookie from De La Salle-Zobel knocked down a cold-blooded triple to tie the game at 67-all with 1:44 remaining. An ill-advised turnaround jumper then led to a quick basket by Jeron Teng to give the league-leaders a two-point cushion with a minute left on the clock.

A costly slip by Jojo Trinidad led to a steal for Melecio and a conversion by Mbala with 43 ticks left to seal the game for the Green Archers.

“We were able to execute our pace on both ends of the floor, both offense and defense. It’s all about execution naman and the good thing is that we were able to convert,” Ayo added.

Both teams were at-par with each other in almost every statistical category in the game. The biggest difference that proved to be pivotal was the difference in free throw attempts. La Salle went 14-of-23 from the stripe while FEU shot just 9-of-15 from the same distance.

Axel Inigo powered FEU with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. Jojo Trinidad added 16 points, with all his field goal coming from downtown. King Tamaraw Raymar Jose was limited to just four points and five rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

The FEU Tamaraws play their final game of the season on Wednesday, November 16, taking on neighbors UE Red Warriors at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Scores:

DLSU (73) – Teng 17, Mbala 16, Montalbo 13, Melecio 12, Tratter 5, Caracut 4, Rivero P 3, Torres 3, Paraiso 0, Sargent 0, Baltazar 0.

#ReadMore  Ron dela Cruz, young UST Golden Sox hold off Adamson to complete upset

FEU (67) – Inigo 18, Trinidad 16, Orizu 7, Comboy 7, Arong 7, Escoto 6, Jose 4, Dennison 2, Tuffin 0, Holmqvist 0, Ebona 0, Nunag 0.

Quarterscores: 13-13, 32-35, 51-53, 73-67.

Written By

You May Also Like


Sean Alter made his University of the Philippines debut during their 83-76 victory over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in Group Edge...


ANTIPOLO – Meralco sent Converge skidding, 96-88, to bounce back in the PBA On Tour, Sunday night at the Ynares Center here. Allein Maliksi...


Matthew Montebon’s buzzer-beating three-pointer from the top of the key left shocked Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday, propelling Adamson University to a thrilling...


Shawn Argente powered Jose Rizal University to an 84-82 victory over De La Salle University, breaking its two-game losing streak in Group Prime of...


Xyrus Torres stood at the forefront as Far Eastern University weathered a late storm brought by Ateneo de Manila University, winning 60-54 for their...


Mark Barroca came in clutch as Magnolia stifled Converge, 99-95, in a thrilling PBA On Tour encounter, Wednesday night at the Ynares Sports Arena...


New De La Salle University head coach Topex Robinson has made it his mission to protect his players and instill in them the values...


De La Salle University aced the tough test put up by St. Clare College of Caloocan with an 83-74 decision on Thursday at Filoil...