After losing their first 2 assignments, the Green Archers regrouped to prevail over the traditional lightweights of the league. But if the team is to go deep in this tournament, they have to prove that they can beat those belonging in the upper echelon of the standings.
The three-game winning streak, regardless if it was against lowly teams is definitely a confidence booster for the Archers. They certainly need to maintain the same level of intensity as they face the equally hot UST Tigers tomorrow.
Despite the loss of key players such as former MVP Jervy Cruz, the Tigers are still a force to reckon with this season. UST’s strength is in their perimeter game, somehow epitomizing their head coach who was a deadly outside shooter back in his prime.
UST does not have a legitimate threat in the low post thus the Archers need to extend their defense in the perimeter to challenge any outside sniping. Their shooters could really light up the scoreboard when hot so it’s best that the Archers don’t give them any good looks at the rim. Keeping their shooters in check and ensure that they only get one attempt at the basket is key.
One facet of the UST game that the Archers will have to watch out for is the athleticism of the Tigers. They favor an uptempo, run-and-gun game, and shot as early as possible in their shot clock. To compensate for the lack of a dominant center, they usually crash the boards and gang rebound.
The Archers will certainly have their hands full in the next two games. After UST, they will meet rival and defending champion Ateneo on August 9. A tall order as it seems, we are hopeful that the team will have a winning record as they close the first round of the elimination stage.
This is the DLSU-UST weekend, with our MBT, WBT, and Juniors teams all facing their UST counterparts.