SAN JUAN City – De La Salle University unveiled its latest crop of recruits and an unforgiving defense in trouncing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-51, at the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Green Archers moved into a tie with idle archrival Ateneo de Manila University for the leadership of Group A at 4-0.
The DLSU defense forced a series of turnovers which they translated into a 20-0 run starring Taane Samuel and Mark Dyke to begin the third period, 54-29, and the Generals never recovered despite breaking their silence at the 3:16 mark with a Jerome Garcia triple. It was nearly the same story to begin the fourth as the Green and White went on a 13-0 opening tear, 76-42, and eventually erecting their biggest lead thanks to a Justine Baltazer one-hander nearing the final two minutes, 82-45.
“Our game plan was anchored on respect for the opponent,” said Coach Louie Gonzalez. “We studied EAC’s assists against their past opponents and today we are glad we limited them to only five.”
The lopsided nature of the contest allowed Coach Gonzalez to accord more playing to his role players and newcomers Christian Manaytay, Donn Lim and Errol Pastor. “We are looking at blue-collar workers who will complement the veterans of the team and everyone played well today,” he further explained.
Samuel was a force underneath with 28 points and nine rebounds in only 17 minutes of action. Dyke played his best game in years with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
No General tallied twin digits with Camillus Altamirano topping the team with nine markers. Vincent Robin was next with seven as the rest of the team struggled and remained winless in four outings.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE (83) – Samuel 28, Dyke 13, Baltazar 9, Go 6, Melecio 5, Gob 5, Tolentino 4, Caracut 4, Capacio 3, Lim 2, Pastor 2, Manaytay 2, Alcala 0.
EMILIO AGUINALDO (51) – Altamirano 9, Robin 7, Mendoza 6, Natividad 5, Cruz 5, Maguliano 5, Garcia 5, Tampoc 4, Diego 4, Estacio 1, Cadua 0, Gonzales 0, Corilla 0, Umali 0, Neri 0, Martin 0, Ling 0.
Period Scores: 18-14, 34-29, 63-42, 83-51.