In an effort to improve the team’s shooting, La Salle, with the help of Danding Cojuangco Jr. brought in PBA Legend, Allan Caidic to hone the shooting skills of the Green Archers. After an aggressive recruitement efforts in the off season, La Salle is now focusing the development of the players that they have on the team. The Triggerman, as Caidic is known in the PBA, will definitely have positive impact on the team’s overall shooting. I think the top priority would be free-throw shooting. Poor FT shooting really hurt the team last season and I’m pretty sure that Coach Caidic has all the tools of the trade to address that issue. Outside shooting is one of the areas that La Salle needs to work on and they made sure to bridge the gap by bringing in a deadly shooter to work purely as a shooting coach.
Coach Caidic is a welcome addition to the Green Archers and the entire La Sallian community and as a proud La Sallian, I’m very excited to see what the team has in store for the next season.
After everything’s been said and done, all I have to say is it was a good run by the Archers. For what was known as a ‘rebuilding season’, La Salle managed to crack into the Final 4 and face their archrivals and defending champs, Ateneo Blue Eagles. During the eliminations, we lost both our games against them by 10 points. Going into the semis, I was hoping that La Salle learned from their mistakes and that they would put up a good fight. And they did.
From the get go, it was a really competitive fight. Unlike our first 2 meetings against them, we did not let the Eagles storm out of the gates. We paced with them the entire game and even mounted an 11 point lead in the second half. It was heartbreaking to watch the lead dwindle little by little, no thanks to the heroic efforts of Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena, who scored 16 points in the payoff period (to end the game with 28 points and 12 rebounds). In my opinion, La Salle made crucial mistakes and the opposing team made sure to exploit them. La Salle had a comfortable lead when they suddenly threw 3pointers. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that if they can drain the shots, or if those were indeed carefully selected shots. La Salle should never have settled from long distance. We should have tried to make high percentage shots by attacking the rim. Joshua Webb also had a couple of bad plays which Ateneo took advantage of. I understand that there’s no point in crying over spilled milk, but I just can’t help think about the what if’s. There are no excuses, they won and we lost. Congratulations to them and good luck on their Finals bout with UST. La Salle may have made crucial mistakes but I’m still proud if what our team has accomplished this season. Kudos to each and everyone on the team!
Jovet Mendoza and Webb are both graduating and won’t be back next year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the hardwork and all their contributions to La Salle Basketball. The core of our team will remain intact and the latter part of this season just showcased what we can bring to the table. Our basketball season may be over for now, but the La Salle has a lot of positive things to look forward to. ANIMO LA SALLE!
Good luck to Ateneo Blue Eagles and UST Growling Tigers!
La Salle enters the UAAP Final 4 once again after defeating the FEU Tamarraws, 69-66. The game showed a lot of heart and passion as we were down for most of the game. In fact, the team was down until about the midway of the final quarter. The Tamarraws were clearly in control of the game as the constantly padded their lead when it became a 2 possession game (We came within 4 points several times). La Salle was down but clearly not out. When Almond Vosotros drained a 3 pointer to cut the lead by 1, he also ignited an offensive salvo that would put us on top after 17 straight points. With the lead and momentumon our side, the boys from Morayta just wouldn’t give up as they drained back to back triples courtesy of Romeo and Garcia. With roughly 30 seconds left on the game clock (if I remember it correctly), Vosotros and Jeron Teng were sent to the line and both of them split their charities, tallying the final score of 69-66.
It was one of the greatest games of La Salle this season. The team has the talent and skills to win games, but winning this very important game showed us that they also have the heart and mind to win big games. La Salle will now face the defending champs, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, and that’s going to be a tough assignment. I know for sure that we can play competetive ball against the Eagles. The way I see things, the only edge Ateneo has over us is their experience. As a team, they’ve been playing together for the last couple of years and it has evidently glued them together. Norman Black’s system is deeply rooted in each and everyone of them and that’s what makes them tough to crack.
I won’t be able to watch the game live becasue of location issues, but I will definitely watch the game at home. This is something that I would not miss. Congratulations to DLSU Green Archers for reaching the Final 4 and good luck on your next assignment!