(dated: September 26, 2012)
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!
keep it green. ANIMO!