CJ Austria saves the day as Green Archers snap 4-game skid

CJ Austria drained the buzzer-beating triple to lift De La Salle University over Adamson University, 81-78, to end its four-game skid in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament, Thursday.

Ben Phillips found the sophomore out of University of the East High School last second at the left wing for the game-winner over Lenda Douanga.

That shot capped the Green Archers’ 11-4 game-ending blast with Mike Phillips, Ben, and Austria taking turns in scoring.

“I’ve been telling the boys we can’t lose our poise out there. The shot from CJ there, it was a shot from heaven,” said La Salle coach Derrick Pumaren.

“We worked hard for it. Gonna give it to Adamson even though Lastimosa and Magbuhos didn’t play they still played well,” the second-year Green Archers head coach continued.

The Green Archers improved to 4-6 to join UE, Far Eastern University, and the Soaring Falcons in a four-way logjam for fourth.

Austria finished with 16 points while Ben added 14 points built on three treys with nine rebounds. Mike, meanwhile, got 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.

Mark Nonoy, despite going 1-of-8 from the field, still had eight points, five assists, and four steals.

La Salle also did not have leading MVP candidate Deschon Winston.