MANILA, Philippines - Ateneo had done a great job in the second half of climbing out of a double-digit deficit early on to make a contest out of Game 1, even taking the lead for a cup of coffee.
But with the game on the line and series momentum hanging in the balance, La Salle's Jeron Teng stepped up when it was needed most, just as he has throughout his tenure as a Green Archer.
Teng, a fifth-year graduating player this season, recaptured the lead with 15.1 to play with a lane-slashing layup at 66-65.
Jeron slices through the defense! La Salle leads. pic.twitter.com/EVX8R1hLCD — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) December 3, 2016
On the ensuing possession, Teng picked up Aaron Black off a defensive switch and tipped his jumper, which would have allowed the Blue Eagles to recapture the lead had it gone in.
Instead the loose ball was seized by La Salle import Ben Mbala, who threw an outlet pass to Kib Montalbo, who hit one of two free throws to seal the game for La Salle, which won Game 1 by the score of 67-65.
Teng finished with 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 turnovers. La Salle will look to close out the series and win their 9th UAAP championship on Wednesday, December 7 beginning at 3:30 pm. – Rappler.com