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!
keep it green.