By JONAS TERRADO
Games Today (Smart-Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. UST vs Adamson
4 p.m. UP vs UE
Manila, Philippines – La Salle’s Jeron Teng and National University’s Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. fired 35 points apiece but it was the former who ended up victorious in yesterday’s UAAP basketball clash at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Green Archers, behind Teng, Almond Vosotros and Norbert Torres leading the way, needed 10 extra minutes in double overtime to stave off Parks and the Bulldogs, 87-86.
Teng and Vosotros ﬁred backto-back triples to start the second extra session that was enough to help the Taft-based cagers end the ﬁrst round tied with NU for fourth place at 4-3.
Highlighting this grueling was the explosive showing of both Teng and Parks, who ironically played for the Philippine 3-on3 team in the 2010 Singapore Youth Games.
Vosotros had 18 points, Yutien Andrada added eight points and eight boards and Torres put six points and 11 boards for La Salle, which for the most part missed the services of chief playmaker LA Revilla after reinjuring his ankle.
La Salle won its ﬁrst overtime game in three tries or since downing University of Santo Tomas, 101-92, on Aug. 2, 2009.
It was Parks fourth career game of at least 30 but he also saved NU from the jaws of defeat in regulation when he found Troy Rosario underneath with 0.7 seconds left in regulation, tying the count at 69-all.
The 35 points of both players marked the most productive output since the league began using computerized statistics in 2003.
Teng is the ﬁrst La Salle cager since Joseph Yeo’s 31 in 2003 to score at least 30.