\n<div alt="ust-dlsu-20132" id="livescore"> <\/div><em>Game starts at 4pm. Page auto-refreshes every 30 seconds.<\/em><br \/><br \/><br \/><br \/>In a game with massive Final Four implications, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers will face off against the De La Salle University Green Archers, on Saturday at the MOA Arena.<br \/><br \/><a href="\/news\/story\/315191\/sports\/campussports\/uaap-older-teng-stars-as-tigers-trip-struggling-archers-in-ot"><strong>Round one encounter<\/strong><\/a><br \/><br \/>The UST Growling Tigers put themselves up big, 28-15, late in the second quarter of this season-opening game, but the Archers kept themselves in the thick of things by pulling to within a point, 50-49, with exactly two minutes left in regulation. A split at the line by Paolo Pe made it a two-point game, but a mid-range jumper by Jason Perkins equalized and sent things into overtime.<br \/><br \/>Karim Abdul stole the initiative at the start of OT, with a quick five points. The Archers made it a two-point affair anew with 28 seconds left, 60-58, but Aljon Mariano finished with a 3-of-4 clip from the foul line to start the Tigers' campaign with a win, 63-58<br \/><br \/><strong>What's at stake<\/strong><br \/><br \/>This game is pivotal towards determining who makes the Final Four and who doesn't. First off, if DLSU wins, that forces a three-way tie at the top, as they, NU and FEU will all have 10-4 records. Going by quotient, the Bulldogs will get the number one overall seed, while the Archers and Tams essentially play out a best-of-three series at the two and three spots (play off for twice-to-beat plus the ensuing series).<br \/><br \/>A DLSU win and a UST loss means the Tigers' game against the Blue Eagles next Wednesday becomes a must-win affair for last season's runners-up. If ADMU wins, they're the fourth seed, while if UST wins, they get the last ticket to the postseason.<br \/><br \/>On the flip side, if UST beats DLSU, and then beats Ateneo, the Tigers get third place thanks to a superior quotient to DLSU, who fall to fourth.<br \/><br \/>However, if UST beats La Salle, but then loses to Ateneo, there will be an additional playoff game between UST and Ateneo anew, to determine who gets the fourth seed. <br \/><br \/><strong>UST outlook<\/strong><br \/><br \/><a href="\/news\/story\/325459\/sports\/campussports\/uaap-tigers-trump-maroons-in-low-scoring-affair?ref=subsection_latest21">The Growling Tigers got back Jeric Teng, starting him recently against UP<\/a>, where he played 27 minutes and scored nine points in a blowout. It was just his third complete game after having been injured and pulled out of two prior matches, both against NU, with long injury layoffs in-between. When the season began though, Teng's scoring prowess was on full display, norming 19 in UST's first pair of games.<br \/><br \/>If they're to make the Final Four, they'll need a healthy Teng back in the line-up, and he'll get a good test of his abilities playing versus his younger brother in this match.<br \/><br \/><strong>DLSU outlook<\/strong><br \/><br \/>The Green Archers have a chance to sweep the second elimination round should they defeat the Tigers, a stunning turnaround from their 3-4 finish to round one.<br \/><br \/>After starting off the season with a severe case of the sophomore slump, Jeron Teng has been particularly effective (though still not efficient). <a href="\/news\/story\/325569\/sports\/campussports\/uaap-archers-aim-high-shoot-down-bulldogs?ref=subsection_latest21">In a recent must-win game against the NU Bulldogs<\/a>, Teng out-played Bobby Parks, 21-19 scoring-wise, thanks in part to making massive strides with regards to his free throw shooting, canning 8-of-13.<br \/><br \/>Just like with his older brother Jeric, Jeron's DLSU team has the potential to go very far, but only if he can continue to be a factor in crunch-time, instead of a liability.