La Salle Captures PCCL Title

The DLSU Green Archers ended the year on a high note after capturing the PCCL Championship yesterday.
The Green Archers won the first 2 games of a best of 3 series against the SWU Cobras. Jeron Teng was named the MVP after posting averages of 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
The PCCL title comes after a few months of winning the UAAP Championship. With La Salle’s line up largely intact, this may be a sign of good things to come. Congratulations to the Green Archers and the entire La Salle community for winning the PCCL title. I’m hoping that there are more championships on the way.


My Thoughts on La Salle Basketball

The second round of UAAP Men’s Basketball will kick off this week and I just can’t wait for it to start. After tallying a 3-4 card in the first round, I’m eager to see the Archers bounce back. Out of the 7 games played in round 1, I was fortunate enough to watch 6 of them. I did not take any notes in any of those games, but I’ll try to write some of my observations in their past games.

I’ll get straight to the point. I really feel that there’s something wrong with the coaching, specifically with Juno Sauler. Not that he’s not good, but I just find him to plain and passive. I mean, there’s nothing wrong if you’re a relaxed and reserved guy, but I just think that he needs to make his presence felt more. A good coach is more than just the plays and the Xs and Os. A good coach should be able to connect with his players and I honestly think that that’s is something that’s lacking with Juno. I believe in his skills as a coach because he can design good plays, but more than that, he should be able to relate to his players more. Keep in mind that he is coaching college players who might need more guidance and mentoring compared to players in pro leagues. But even with this flaw, I believe in him as a coach, though I really think that he needs some improvement.

Arnold Van Opstal was a revelation. I enjoyed watching his dunks last season, but this year is entirely different. It was quite enjoyable to see him waiting for drop passes last year for easy dunks, but this year, he showcased an array of post up moves that left many quite shocked. Apart from his improved post up/big man moves, another thing that I really like about AVO is his consistency at the line. With the entire La Salle team struggling to make shots from the line, AVO calmly sinks FTs after FTs when he gets the chance. In terms of performance, he may already overshadowed La Salle’s starting center, Norbert Torres, but I still believe that AVO should always play off the bench. His intensity and his raw energy always translates to something good when he comes to play. I’m hoping that Norbert can replicate AVO’s success, not just for the benefit of the team, but for himself as well. Norbert seems to have very little confidence left in himself and it’s about time for him to show what he’s made of. We probably should thank Jun Limpot for developing AVO and making him a threat in the post/paint. Let’s hope that he can get the same level of success with Norbert Torres.

I don’t know if it’s just me or there’s really something not right with Jeron Teng. To be quite honest, I was more impressed with Jeron in his rookie season compared this year. His level of play is just not the same as last year and I can only think of 2 possible reasons. First, he may be starting to feel the pressure of being labeled as the “King Archer”, which in my mind pointless. There’s no need to dub any of our players as the “King Archer” because it can lead to an inflated ego which we all know is not good. If the player dubbed as “King Archer” fails to deliver the team/crowd/community’s expectations, he will lose confidence which is really unfortunate. Jeron sure is an alpha dog in the team, but let’s try not to label him as the “King Archer” because I honestly believe that there’s no point calling him that. The second reason why Jeron is not as dominant as last year is probably because he style of play has been heavily scouted before. His slash and drive moves are no longer effective as last year. And if this is the case, expanding his arsenal is his best bet. Jeron is not know for his outside shooting and now is actually a good time to start working on that aspect. He should also learn to pass more since this penetration moves are usually defended well.

Intensity should never falter. It’s as simple as that. The level of intensity should be consistent all throughout the game. The team should realize that the game is 40min long and their focus, intensity and will to win should be consistent the whole time. There’s no time for cruising around. If there’s an opportunity to win, the team should never let it slip away.

That’s just about it for now. I’ll try to come up with something else before round 2 starts, that is if I find the time to actually write something. Anyway, good luck to DLSU Green Archers and rest of the teams in the UAAP. Let’s have a successful round 2 on our way to the Final 4. ANIMO LA SALLE!

Keep it green.

La Salle Bags Its First UAAP GC

De La Salle has finally won it’s first UAAP General Championship this season.  After 14 long years of dominance, UST was finally ousted from the top by the Green and White squad.  La Salle has been a part of UAAP for more than 25 years now and season 75 marks the first time that La Salle will take home the General Championship Crown.

Special thanks to all La Sallian athletes,  champion team or not, you all deserve to raise the GC this season.  You are the reason for this amazing feat. To the coaches, managers and all support groups of the teams, may you continue to provide your wisdom and guidance to the players, not just as athletes, but as young adults who will be facing the real world in the future.

To us supporters, let’s continue to support our school even if the season is about to close.  There are other leagues that La Salle will join and let’s make sure to provide the same support that we gave them during the UAAP season.

kudos to the entire DLSU Community. ANIMO La Salle!


DLSU Brings In Allan Caidic as Shooting Coach

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.

ANIMO La Salle!

keep it green

Teng Drops 35 on NU, Wins in 2OT

Prized rookie Jeron Teng scored 35 big points and led the Green Archers in 2OT 87-86 win over NU Bulldogs.  The win sealed a 4-3 record for La Salle after the first round.  Hopefully, the team can carry the momentum to the second round a get a couple more of wins to secure a slot in the Final Four.

It’s good to see that La Salle was able to adjust after their double OT loss to UST a couple of weeks back.  This time, the team made sure to maximize all possessions by converting them to points.  Free throw shooting still needs improvement though, especially for Teng and Norbert Torres.  Teng’s aggressive muscle plays earns him a several trips to the line every game and he needs to convert those free shots to points.  He showed improvements, but it’s still a long way to go.  He needs to be more consistent with his free throw shooting if he wants to take his team deep into the season.  Torres needs to work on his free throw shooting since he gets fouled in the paint several times in the game as well.  Just like Teng, he needs to be more consistent when shooting free throws to ensure that they can still score if and when their opponents resort to ‘hack-a-teng/torres’ tactics to throw them off of their game.  Practice. Practice. Practice.

Shout out to other contributors in today’s game like Almond Vosotros who tallied 18 points, including 4 from the rainbow,  Tomas Torres who steered the team while LA Revilla rested on the bench and the ever reliable Yutien Andrada who always finds different ways to help his team win.

After ending the previous round on a high note with back to back wins, hopefully the team can carry the steam and continue to win on the way to the Final Four.  Let’s strive for consistency on field, especially on execution, composure and most especially, free throw shooting.

Let’s start the second round with a bang!  KEEP IT GREEN!


DLSU Ends 3-Game Skid

De La Salle Green Archers ended their 3 game skid when they defeated Adamson Falcons 56-52 today.

Kudos to La Salle for bagging this much needed win.  To finish the first round strong, they need to upstage the surging National University Bulldogs in their next game.  That won’t be an easy task especially if playmaker LA Revilla would still be out due to ankle injury.  Another thing that La Salle need to work on is their embarrasing free throw shooting.  As I’ve read from the articles over the net, La Sall just shot 33% from the line today.  That’s just not right.  They can certainly score a lot of points from the field since they have a couple of offensive options, but if they can’t convert from the line, it will hurt them badly.

I wasn’t able to watch the game today, but based on what I’ve read, it’s an ugly win.  Sure, a win is a win, but winning by just 4 points against the depleted Falcons, and shooting just over 30 percent from the line, that’s just so wrong.  First round will end in a few days and Coach Gee Abanilla needs to take out all his tricks from his hat to make sure that La Salle wins it way to Final Four.

Congratulations to the Green Archers and let’s go win the next game against Bulldogs!

keep it green.