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Green Archers bounce back, outplay Growling Tigers

The De La Salle Green Archers got a bounce back victory at the expense of the UST Growling Tigers, 92-77, Saturday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Just a few days after dropping a crushing one-point loss against the UP Fighting Maroons, La Salle turned on the afterburners for a dominant victory.

Sophomore guard Encho Serrano had the best output of his collegiate career as he dropped a career-high 29 points that went along with five rebounds. Aljun Melecio rained down six triples en route to a 26-point night.

La Salle picked up its third win against four losses while UST dropped their third game against four wins.

The third quarter became the rallying point for La Salle as they turned a four-point lead, 54-50 to a nine-point spread, 65-56. UST tried to claw back into the game, but La Salle turned to Serrano, as he scored basket after basket, scoring 19 in the second half alone.

In the fourth quarter, the floodgates opened for the Green Archers, their lead peaking at 17, 88-71, courtesy of back-to-back triples from Melecio, just over two minutes remaining.

"We were due to to win. The way the team was practicing, it showed in today's game," said head coach Gian Nazario. "We were just talking about it that when our team follows the game plan, the results will follow after that."

Former Green Archer Brent Paraiso also posted his personal best in the senior's division, notching 22 points and six rebounds. Soulemane Chabi Yo posted another double-double, ending up with 16 markers and 14 boards.

Tigers rising star Rhenz Abando had nine points and six rebounds. He lost a tooth after being fouled hard by Jamie Malonzo in the third quarter.

THE SCORES

DLSU (92) -- Serrano 29, Melecio 26, Malonzo 13, Bartlett 7, Caracut 6, Baltazar 4, Hill 3, Bates 2, Manuel 2, Laput 0.

UST (77) -- Paraiso 22, Chabi Yo 16, Abando 9, Nonoy 9, Concepcion 8, Huang 4, Subido 4, Ando 2, Cansino 2, Bataller 1, Cuajao 0, Pangilinan 0.

Quarter Scores: 20-14, 42-32, 67-58, 92-77.

EXTRA DRIBBLES

- Serrano, who played off the bench outscored the entire reserve corps of UST, who combined to contribute 18.

- La Salle as a team waxed hot, hitting 51.4% of their field goals, in comparison to UST's 41.8%.

- UST head coach Aldin Ayo dropped to 0-3 against his former team.