LA Revilla is back
Last school year the De La Salle University hosted the UAAP with the theme Heroes which was very fitting for the UAAP indeed came up with lots of heroes last year. This year, that can still be the case as the Green Archers served notice its intentions to win this year’s UAAP title by beating the three time defending UAAP champion Ateneo Blue Eagles 66 – 61 in the Filoil Preseason Tournament with their newest hero on the court, the comebacking LA Revilla.
The Blue Eagles started out flat which the green archers ably took advantage. After leading 5 – 4 with a little over four minutes left in the first quarter the Green Archers caught fire and unleashed a 12 - 6 run to end the first quarter on top 17- 10. In the second quarter the Archers forced the Eagles to numerous misses and buried the Eagles in an avalanche of points to lead by twelve points 34 - 22. Finally the Eagles woke up and countered with their own 9 - 3 run to close the gap to five at the half 36 – 31.
After the half the Blue Eagles started to clamp down on the Green Archers as their vaunted half court defense finally made caught up on the Green Archers as Justin Chua put the Katipunan 5 on top with two free throws 50 – 49. It was at this time that Revilla took matters into his own hands as he buried two triples and gave the Green Archers a 57 -50 lead. The Blue Eagles would force the Green Archers to misses once again and equalize at 61 - all but unfortunately did not finish well as Revilla presided over a 5 -0 run in the last minute to seal the win.
It was a fitting revenge for Revilla who last played in the UAAP against the Blue Eagles back in 2008. His return gives more solid point guard play for the Archers who have Simon Atkiins playing in his last year. The Green Archers are solid on all positions and are definitely out to make a starement in the 2011 UAAP season and who knows they might even celebrate their centennial with another UAAP Crown. But for now, the win means the Green Archers qualified for the quarterfinals of the Fil-oil tournament.
Revilla 12, Marata 10, de la Paz 9, Atkins 8, Andrada 5, Paredes 5, Torres 4, Mendoza 4, Van Opstal 3, Villanueva 2, Gotladera 2, Vosotros 1, Webb 1, Tampus 0
Salva 18, Ravena 10, Long 7, Monfort 7, Chua 7, Austria 6, Tiongson 4, Slaughter 2, Golla 0, Gonzaga 0, Sumalinog 0, Erram 0
Quarter scoring: 17-10, 36-31, 49-48, 66-61