Round-Up: Sauler downplays winning streak, DLSU Paddlers top elims and other UAAP sports updates
The DLSU Lady Paddlers swept the elimination round in the UAAP 76 Table Tennis competition last Sunday. They finish with a 12-0 win-loss record. They will have a thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals on October 3, 2013.
The DLSU Green Paddlers meanwhile defeated FEU, 3-2 to finish the eliminations with a 13-1 record and will get the top seed in the semis.
In the inaugural Poomsae tournament, DLSU finished with one bronze medal to place fifth behind. UST gets first place followed by UP, ADMU and FEU.
DLSU teams remain undefeated and can clinch the title for both Mens and Womens division on Wed.
The Lady Shuttlers end eliminations at 2nd and will face 3 vs 4 winner in semis. The Green Shuttlers finish 5th.
ADMU teams swept the eliminations and will have the thrice-to-beat edge in the finals
Photo courtesy of Swim Philippines
DLSU finishes second and third in Mens and Womens swimming respectively.
Mens: UP 452 pts, DLSU 301 pts, ADMU 283 pts, UST 175 pts and UE 18 pts.
Womens: UP 587 pts, ADMU 387, DLSU 115 and UE 2 pts.
Green Tanker Johansen Aguilar wins 3rd MVP award,matching the feat of Enchong Dee.
The Green Archers are in the midst of an 8-game winning streak, sweeping the second round and are a win away from returning to the UAAP Finals after a 4-year absence.
For head coach Juno Sauler, this streak is far from his mind at this point.
“We don’t care about the streak,” said the unassuming La Salle coach.
“Miami Heat had what? 27? Ano lang ba kami? Walo lang kami,” he stressed.
Despite all the things that went the Archers way’ during the eliminations and in their playoff against the Tamaraws where they hit 11 three-point shots, Sauler was still quick to point out the mistakes made by La Salle in its game against FEU.
In particular, Sauler mentioned the final minute of the match when FEU still had a strong chance to turn things around after grabbing several offensive rebounds.
“We could have done better in the fourth. There was one time when we just have to get one rebound but FEU got three or four offensive rebounds. We just have to do a better job closing out games,” he explained.
La Salle aims to clinch the first finals seat tomorrow 4PM at the MOA Arena.
In the other semis match-up. UST pulled-off a shocking 71-62 win over NU to force a winner-take-all match on Saturday
“UST really showed the championship experience,” said Altamirano. “Obviously, we got intimidated early in the first quarter and we lost our discipline all throughout. It’s hard to come back.
“Nagulat lang kami nung first quarter. UST started aggressively with defense and intimidation. I felt that we didn’t adjust well to it. We lost our composure and discipline. We forced our shots and it created a lot of transition points for UST,” he said.
“UST played sharp. They played very well. They shot well. You have to give it to them. They played good defense. Kasama na doon ’yung physicality with how they defend Ray (Parks) and Jean (Mbe).
Bobby Ray Parks and Emmanuel Mbe struggled in the first game of the semifinal showdown. Parks, a two-time MVP, couldn’t get into his comfort zone, scoring 14 points but only two in the first half, while Mbe was held to eight points.
Here’s Camille Claro’s game-tying three-pointer that forced OT and eventually gave the Lady Archers a return ticket to the UAAP finals.