FOR head coach Juno Sauler, the De La Salle University Green Archers need to play better and better in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.
The Green Archers scored a come-from-behind 71-68 victory against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws last Wednesday in their Final Four showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City to advance to the finals.
“University of Santo Tomas and National University are both very competitive teams, so we need to get better and better every game particularly at this stage to sustain our momentum,” said the rookie coach Sauler, whose team is enjoying a nine-game winning streak.
“We have to focus on what we’re good. That’s what I’m reminding my players,” he added.
Sophomore Jeron Teng, rookie Jason Perkins, LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, Thomas Torres, Arnold Van Opstal and Almond Vosotros are expected to work hard to accomplish their mission.
La Salle’s championship foe will be determined on Saturday after the sudden-death match between University of Santo Tomas and National University at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Sauler also said that La Salle’s suffocating defense and quick fast break plays will definitely be its main weapon in the finals.
Nash Racela, for his part, said he is satisfied with the campaign of FEU despite exiting the final four.
“Nobody was talking about us when the season started but we surprised all of them,” said Racela. “We all vowed that we will bounce back next season.”
Racela said that the two calls of the referees had doomed their chances of keeping their finals’ bid alive particularly the unsportsmanlike foul on Mike Tolomia and technical foul on Gryann Mendoza during the La Salle game.
But the Tamaraws already accepted their fate.
“It’s basketball, you know sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t,” he said. “We just have to move on.”