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Green Archers used painful loss as motivation to bounce back

The Green Archers bounced back real good last Monday as they drubbed Letran by 19 points.

As reported in the Inquirer, they couldn’t wait to step on the court once again following their loss to UE and play the Knights. The team was eager to make up for that painful defeat.

“We just really wanted to redeem ourselves in today’s game,” said DLSU’s starting power forward Norbert Torres, who scored seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds. 

“Our game against UE wasn’t our regular game. I guess you can say that it was hard for us to sleep after that game. We really wanted to get this win.” 
Coach Gee Abanilla admitted that his players failed to match the Red Warriors’ effort and it cost them the game. 

“That game against UE as Norbert mentioned was really hard to swallow because we were outworked, we were outhustled and it boils down to who wants it more in that game. I saw them give the effort but not as much as UE did, it’s a good thing it happened early,” Abanilla said. 

Keys to the Win

1. Better ball movement – Out of the 21 made FGs by La Salle, 18 were from an assist. 

2. Playing Loose – The team appears to be more comfortable in a free-wheeling type of game. They had 16 fastbreak points as compared to just 2 last Saturday.

3. Dominating the boards – They had 50 rebounds as compared to 34 of Letran. The Knights had 0 second chance points.

4. Almond Vosotros – Just when Letran was within striking distance, Almond made three consecutive treys to finally pull away for good. Just like last year, he came up big down the stretch.

La Salle will be facing Ateneo this Saturday to close out the elimination round. Both teams are tied on top of Group B at 6-1.

A win by the Archers will give them the number one seed in their group and will face the number 4 team of Group A in the quarters. A loss will bring them down to number 3 behind ADMU and UE and will face team number 2 of the other group.