The Green Archers are slowly digging a hole so deep that if they do not get their act soon, it would be extremely hard for them to get out and target the last final 4 slot.
This was another first, a 4-game losing streak. The Archers’ record is now a 4-6. For them to make the final 4, they will now have to sweep the remaining 4 games. This is going to be a difficult task, because 3 of the next opponents are FEU, UE, and UST.
Missing in action in today’s disappointing loss were Simon Atkins, who was nursing an injury, and the team’s defense. UP had a field day especially from the perimeter where they shot a 31% from beyond the arc. The Maroons just had too many good looks at the basket.
Again, an opponent exploited their knowledge of the Archer defense to find the open shooter on the perimeter. Former Zobel player de Asis was the recipient of a couple of open looks which he sank, to the dismay of the green supporters. The vulnerability of the Archer defense to good ballhandlers was also very evident, with Reyes, Padilla, and Lopez penetrating from the outside, and they either managed to get a free layup because the secondary defense was a step slow, or if the post defender switched, the open man underneath would get the drop pass.
To add insult to injury, it was a former La Salle high school standout that did most of the damage to the Archers. Mikee Reyes, who played for LSGH in the NCAA had a monster game with 25 points and 6 assists. He was like a blur running past his defenders and was hot from the outside. How unfortunate that his breakout game had to be at our expense. His performance reminded some observers of a young Iverson.
Of UP’s “lost boys”, only Maui performed well today. Joel and Sam saw limited action today.