Despite loss, no change in mindset for La Salle
MANILA, Philippines – Some adjustments will be made, but the mindset will remain the same for the De La Salle Green Archers after their heartbreaking loss to University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 76 Finals last Wednesday.
After getting off to a slow start, the Green Archers trailed by as much as 17 points in the second quarter before clawing their way back in the game. They led by four points, 54-50, entering the final frame, but could not stop UST from seizing control.
They still had a chance to win the game after a late UST turnover, but Almond Vosotros and LA Revilla missed potential game-winners.
After the game, La Salle coach Juno Sauler said the Green Archers’ mindset will remain the same entering Game 2 on Saturday.
“Same mindset – to keep improving, and do better next game compared to how we played today,” Sauler said. “Even the micro part of it, possession by possession. We just have to improve on each possession that we have.”
Sauler noted that UST “shot better in all departments” in Game 1, something that La Salle will have to address if they want to force a do-or-die Game 3 against the Growling Tigers.
“Adjustments – we have to take away the shots of (Kevin) Ferrer from the three, play better offensively, and get good shots to increase our field goal percentage,” he said.
He also wants his players to be ready for any adjustment that the Growling Tigers will make.
“If UST feels that they can defend us in the post one-on-one, then that’s fine with us, we’ll keep milking the post,” said Sauler. “If they collapse, then we just have to tell our guards like Almond, LA, Thomas (Torres) and Jeron (Teng) to be open and ready to shoot the shots that they get.”
The loss to UST snapped La Salle’s nine-game winning streak dating back to the start of the second round of eliminations.