The Clipboard: La Salle’s Awkward Reunion with its Championship Past
If there is one lesson from last week’s game against NU is that never allow the opponent to dictate the tempo from the start. The Green Archers were lucky to escape with the win after making the necessary adjustments to get their offensive flow going in the final quarter. Not the kind of performance we expected but nevertheless, this is something the team can learn from as the season progresses.
We will all most likely have nostalgic feelings in tomorrow’s match versus Adamson. It will take some time for us get used to see our former head coach who delivered 5 of our 8 UAAP championships and his staff that includes two Green Archer legends not on our side. Make no mistake about it, Lasallians they forever will be but they have one mission in mind at this point and that is to give their alma mater its first loss this season.
Just when we all thought that NU would be “the test” on how far our team can go in the tournament, here comes the Falcons scoring big wins against two tough teams this past week to put themselves in a position to tie La Salle for the top spot. Expect a run-and-gun match as both squads like to play full-court on both ends and score on transition.
The Falcons have so far been a good perimeter shooting team making almost half of their attempts from beyond the arc. They might take a page from the Bulldogs’ playbook and try to slow down the pace of the game in order to disrupt La Salle’s rhythm on offense.
The Archers will most likely look to capitalize their advantage in depth and low-post scoring. Experience is also on their favor so it all boils down on how they will be able to execute their game plan.
We won’t be surprised if this will go down-the wire. There is the extra motivation on the Falcons’ coaching staff to make a statement win so expect their players to go all-out in this game. Let’s see how the Archers will respond.
It will be the De La Salle Green Archers vs the De La Salle-powered Adamson Falcons. In this game, it’s never about the personalities, it’s about the color of our opponent. And when it’s blue (no matter what the shade), we smell blood.