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DLSU Green Archers are Araw hoop champs

Davao City – Their fastbreak plays did it all as the De La Salle Green Archers capped another Davao City title that concluded this year’s edition of the 82nd Araw ng Dabaw Collegiate basketball league, Thursday night at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 73-57 played at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras Gym).

 Members of the De La Salle Green Archers flash the number 1 gesture after winning the 82nd Araw ng Dabaw Collegiate Invitational crown. Joining them are SBP-XI director Glen Escandor, Atty. Mans Carpio and Willie Torres. (photo by Seth delos Reyes/DSA)

Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Encho Serrano delivered the goods for the Green Archers sparking a 12-4 run in the third canto that had them going 40-32 in the third canto and never looked back. Serrano’s 16-point performance through separate assists from Aljun Melecio and Andrei Carracut halted a possible LPU Pirate comeback especially in the fourth capping an alley-hoop play that delighted the local crowd.

The Green Archers anchored by coaches Gian Nazario, Roland Watts and Jermaine Byrd also got help from Joaqui Manuel, Tyrus Hill, Francis Escandor and Justin Baltazar in that final quarter surge that made it clear, 65-50 with a minute left.

The University of the East Red Warriors settled for third place after beating University of Cebu Webmasters, 80-72.

SBP-XI director and Presidential Adviser on Sports Glenn Y. Escandor awarded the winners with their respective cash prizes after the games.

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