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.
ANIMO LA SALLE!

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.

COACHING
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
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.

JERON TENG
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.

LATE GAME MELTDOWN
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 Beats FEU, Completes Final 4 Cast

(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!

-fouledout

My Thoughts on La Salle Basketball

I’ve been unable to post something for quite a while now.  A lot has happened in the sportng world, but this time of the year, my interest is inclined towards college basketball specifically UAAP.  And in the past couple of weeks, a lot has happened in the league, specifically to DLSU Green Archers and i’ll try to write something about a handful of things in relation to La Salle basketball.

Beatdown from Ateneo

The game against our bitter rivals ended with a 10 point margin by the defending champs, the Blue Eagles.  La Salle might have had a fighting chance to steal that game had they played well during the first period.  We dug ourselves a 16 point hole in the first period and it proved too much for our squad to erase the deficit.  That’s a tough loss especially it was against Ateneo, but for me personally, I wasn’t really expecting La Salle to win.  I mean, of course I wanted La Salle to win, but realistically speaking, if we’re going to win against Ateneo, that’s gonna be a tough game.  As bitter as it  may taste, La Salle needs to swallow that bitter loss and learn from it.  Maturity and composure are two very important part of the game and that’s what we need.  We have the talent and skills, we just have to be more mentally prepared to battle it out, most especially against the Blue Eagles because I’m pretty sure that it carries more pressure to face your archrivals.

The Return of Almond Vosotros

Back in the first round, La Salle’s offense was heavily anchored on Jeron Teng.  Come second round, i’ve noticed that the defense of opposing teams has clamped down on Teng.  He still gets his usual points, though he’d usually shoot volumes on the floor just to convert points.  Norbert Torres’ game was also well scouted at the second round.  He’s struggling offensively for quite some time now (save for the double double performance against Adamson), and with Teng needing to bleed for his points and LA Revilla still out due to an ankle injury, who do we turn to for that much needed offensive contribution? That’s where Almond Vosotros comes in.  Coming out just like that it just so perferct in terms of timing.  Even with Revilla injured, Teng doesn’t need to exhaust himself just to put up points in the scoreboard.  Vostoros can readily pour in points whenever needed.  He can shoot the 3, he can drive and he can pass.  Now that the opponents know that this guy can score, the defense on Teng would probably relax a little bit and this will help him choose his shots wisely without having to force it.

The (Questionable) Officiating Against the Dog Pack

The game against NU Bulldogs really got me thinking about the way the referees officiated the game.  The number of fouls (and free throws) awarded to NU was just unacceptable.  The disparity was just too much to ignore.  Can you imagine Ray Parks having more free throw attempts than the entire La Salle squad?  That was just so wrong.  I’m not trying to discredit NU’s win, but the officiating that day really sucked.  I hope it never happens again to any team in the league.

2 Straight Wins to End the Elminations

To end the elimination round and have one final push before the Final 4,the Archers made sure to win their final 2 games by defeating the FEU Tamaraws and Adamson Falcons.  With those 2 wins, we ended the eliminations with a 9-5 record.  It’s good enough for a the fourth and final slot but since nothing comes by easy these days, we’ll have to wait out the result of the replay of FEU vs NU tomorrow.  The situations/scenarios leading to the Final 4 is just too complicated to explain and I would’nt dare to write about and just end up confusing the readers and myself.  The simplest option that all La Sallians should hope for is for FEU to win so that we can secure the fourth slot and get another chance to face the Ateneo in the Final 4.  Facing an Ateneo squad with a twice-to-beat advantage is a daunting task, be we Archers are not known to back down from a dog fight.  Win or lose it’s still ANIMO.  Let’s all hope for the best as we (hopefully) enter the Final 4 this season.

keep it green.

-fouledout

Teng Hits Game Winner for the Green Archers

Rookie sensation Jeron Teng seemingly hit the rookie wall earlier today when he was uncharacteristically missing his shots. UST’s pesky defense hounded Teng the entire game, but he only needed the final 3 seconds of the game to make his presence felt.  With 3 ticks left on the clock and the game tied at 51, Teng drove to the basket and made a jumper that finally put away the Tigers 53-51.  He finished the game with 9 points, which was below his average, but in the end, it was he who made the most important basket of the game.

The match up earlier was as exciting as their meeting in round 1, but this time, La Salle made sure to emerge as winners.  With LA Revilla and Yutien Andrada still out of commission, the Archers relied on teamwork to get the win.  La Salle’s offense earlier featured a lot of crafty passing but UST did a good job of cutting the passing lanes and converting the steals into points.  Almond Vosotros once again had a good game and led La Salle with 12 markers, all coming from beyond the arc.  Rookie guard Thomas Torres also showcased moments of brilliance especially when he took the ball away from Jeric Teng with less than a minute to play and converted the free throws after getting fouled. He finished with 10 points.  Jovet Mendoza’s hardwork and willingness to sacrifice his own body was admirable as it showed a lot of heart and passion.

Another good thing that I’ve noticed in the game was La Salle’s free throw shooting.  Though I’m not sure about the exact statistic, I’m pretty sure that they’ve converted from the line a lot better compared before.  Now that they can convert their free throw shots, opposing teams will now think twice before sending out players to the charity stripe.

The Green Archers will face the Blue Eagles this coming weekend and I won’t be able to attend the game live.  I’ll just try to watch the game on TV.  I’m looking forward to another great game from the Archers and hopefully this time, La Salle would come out on top.

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!

-fouledout

La Salle Falls to UST in 2OT Thriller

After a hot 2-0 start, DLSU Green Archers lost their 3rd straight game this afternoon at the hands of UST Growling Tigers.  It wasn’t an easy win for the Tigers though, as they had to fight in 2 OTs just to close the game.  An open jumper from Aljon Mariano and a timely block from Karim Abdul sealed the 84-82 win for UST.

It was a heartbreaking finish for La Salle who seemed to be in control of the game.  They took an early lead in the first period before the momentum shifted to the opposing team.  Though down by several points, the Archers stayed in the game and made sure that they wouldn’t go down without a fight.  In the end, costly turnovers and inability to execute down the stretch doomed La Salle.

Overall, La Salle’s offensive game was pretty impressive today.  LA Revilla lead the team with 19 points while rookie Jeron Teng added 17 points together with 12 rebounds.  Yutien Andrada chipped in 16 points, and Joshua Webb, who played on extended minutes added 13 points.

The Growling Tigers was led by Tata Bautista with 21 points including 6 triples.  Abdul and Mariano combined for 31 points and executed the last 2 plays that sealed the W for UST.

Without a doubt, it was a very enjoyable game.  It would have been sweeter had La Salle won, but all in all, I was very satisfied with the game.  I’m not sure though if I can say the same thing for the Green Archers.  As I left the Arena earlier, I just couldn’t let go if the fact that La Salle might have won the game if they just made a couple of their free throws.  I don’t have the exact data with me right now, but I would imagine that La Salle missed more than 10 free throws the entire game.  Had they sank those free shots, they would have probably emerged victorious.  Just a sad thought.

Next on the line is Adamson on August 4 and National University on the 11th.  I won’t be able to watch the games live, but I’m hoping for 2 more wins for La Salle to end the first round.  Let’s end the first rond strong!

keep it green.

-fouledout