The best is yet to come for champion La Salle
It seems there’s no letting up for De La Salle University, even after coveting a rare double crown after they copped the UAAP and PCCL titles in the same year – a feat only done twice in the past by Far Eastern University and Ateneo De Manila University.
“It was a great year for us, lots of learning and improvement. Hopefully these learnings and experiences will carry us through next year,” said Sauler after DLSU won the PCCL crown against Southwestern University on Tuesday.
Indeed, it has been a great ride for Green Archers head coach Juno Sauler this year; what made it even more dramatic is that he was assigned as La Salle’s head coach just three weeks before the UAAP cage wars began.
And while he did not expect the double crown, he thinks his boys should still improve on more aspects of their game to run like a well-oiled machine.
Always reiterating the importance of improvement, Sauler believes the best is yet to come for the Taft-based squad.
“We’ll still have to learn more. Things happened today where it should have not happened, it still shows lack of maturity from our players,” said Sauler about their PCCL stint.
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Best available talent eyed as Sauler claims La Salle ‘lagging behind’ in recruitment war
De La Salle coach Juno Sauler wants the best talent available regardless of playing position and will not pursue players just to plug a hole.
La Salle will go into the offseason with little gaps to fill before the Green Archers defend their crown in Season 77. LA Revilla, the main playmaker for the La Salle squad that won the Season 76 title, has turned pro and is now with Globalport in the PBA.
He is the only one from the champion squad that won’t be eligible next season, but Sauler said La Salle won’t necessarily be going after a point guard during the offseason to fill the spot, with Thomas Torres and Bacolod find Kib Montalbo set to alternate in the role next season.
In fact, the next addition to the team is La Salle Greenhills big man Prince Rivero.
“Sa akin, it’s not really the hole to fill up but trying to get the best talent available out there,” said Sauler. “Whoever we see that is good for college and fit for the system, then that’s good enough for me.”
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College Player of the Year Jeron Teng deflects credit, says he’s no ‘King Archer’
To Jeron Teng, he is no ‘King Archer.’
The sophomore guard deflected the credit for La Salle’s title conquest after being named the Smart Player of the Year during the Collegiate Basketball Awards on Sunday at Kamayan Restaurant-EDSA.
Teng won the award for his exemplary performance on the court and admirable behavior off it after the former Rookie of the Year helped guide De La Salle to its first UAAP crown since 2007 by beating University of Santo Tomas in the finals.
But Teng stressed that winning the UAAP crown was not a one-man show.
“Hindi lang ako ang King Archer. Lahat sila King Archer,” said Teng. “I won’t be able to win this award as well as the UAAP championship without my teammates.”
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Juniors MVP Prince Rivero admits nearly moving to Ateneo before committing to La Salle
Rival Ateneo may be undergoing a massive buildup, but De La Salle will not be left behind.
The Green Archers have secured a commitment from reigning NCAA juniors MVP Prince Rivero, who admitted he nearly jumped fence to Ateneo before deciding to play for the Taft-based school.
No less than the La Salle Greenhills star’s father confirmed the commitment they gave to the Green Archers when Rivero met with the team’s top backer, Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco.
“Committed na kami sa La Salle. Doon gusto ni Prince,” Rivero’s father Paolo told Spin.ph. “Nag-usap na rin kasi sila ni Boss Danding.”
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Prince Rivero undaunted by prospect of being buried in a deep, talented De La Salle frontline
High school star Prince Rivero is hardly daunted by the thought of joining a De La Salle squad already teeming with quality big men next season, saying he welcomes the challenge.
The 6-foot-3 forward out of La Salle Greenhills confirmed on Tuesday that he has committed to joining the Green Archers, where he will be the youngest member of a deep frontline led by Arnold Van Opstal, Norbert Torres and Jason Perkins.
Rivero, however, is confident enough to believe that he has what it takes to earn his minutes with the reigning UAAP champions.
“Since then naman po, pinaniniwalaan ko na kung ano tinatrabaho ko yun ang playing time,” said the reigning NCAA juniors MVP, who averaged an impressive 23.8 points, 19.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists when the Greenies finished runner-up behind San Beda’s Red Cubs last season.
“May takot din po ako, pero kung magsisikap naman po ako, wala naman po sigurong imposible,” he added.
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Kobe Paras’ move to US has blessings of La Salle backer Cojuangco, says dad Benjie
HIGH school star Kobe Paras’ decision to leave La Salle Greenhills and play high school ball in the US has the blessings of top De La Salle patron Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco, and he remains committed to the Green Archers should he decide to come back.
This was bared by the juniors star’s dad Benjie, who said they sought permission from Cojuangco even before the high-leaping world 3×3 slam dunk champion accepted a basketball scholarship from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California, as reported by the Philippine Star.
“Of course, naka-usap ko mismo si Boss Danding. Ibinigay naman niya agad yung blessing niya sa amin. Of course, sa school din,” the elder Paras said.
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The Green Booters defeated ADMU 2-1 last Sunday. They are currently tied with UP in third behind FEU and UE . They close out the first round against the Tamaraws tomorrow.
In the 5-team women’s division, the Lady Booters are tied with FEU behind leader UST after the first round. Their last match against ADMU ended in a draw.
The Lady Batters are in 7th place at 1-3 with two games left in the first round.
The Green Spikers are currently in 7th place at 1-3. Their last game was a 5-set loss to UST yesterday. They will face UE when action resumes on January 4.