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More on the Archers’ win last Saturday

From Joaquin Henson’s Article in the Philippine Star:

On Greg Slaughter’s absence:

Abanilla said the Archers came prepared to deal with Slaughter. “(Assistant coach) Jun (Limpot) did extensive scouting on Slaughter and with (chief assistant coach) Juno (Sauler), filled up his iPad with notes on how to contain Slaughter,” said Abanilla. “But scouting is meaningless if the guys on the floor don’t give you the effort and hard work. Against Ateneo, the team worked hard especially on defense and the big guys got the job done in rebounding.”

On Jeron Teng’s game-tying trey that sent the game to overtime:

“The play was designed for Almond (Vosotros) but he was defended well and the ball went to me,” said Teng who finished with 17 points. “I pump-faked my defender and prayed for the shot to go in.” The Archers gallery erupted when the ball hit the bottom of the net with 5.6 ticks left.

On Teng’s match-up with Ryan Buenafe:

For Teng, it was a jolting welcome to big-time varsity hoops. “Buenafe played me physical but he wasn’t dirty,” said Teng. “He did some trash talking but that’s natural. Once, after I missed a three, he told me I should shoot straight next time. So when I hit the three to send it to overtime, I asked him if my shot was okay. He’s a real good player. He really challenged me.”

On the win:

Ateneo hasn’t been too successful against La Salle in the Filoil Flying V tournament in the last five years and Abanilla said the win isn’t an indication of strength either way. “I know it’s just a pre-season game,” he said. “Our team is still a work in progress. We’re young and still learning, still maturing. We’re dealing with chemistry and health issues. But slowly, we’re getting to where we want to be. Everyone’s sacrificing. Everyone’s working hard. We want to be the hardest working team in the UAAP. We respect Ateneo as a championship team but we’ll be out there fighting, no matter whom we play against.”