Preview: DLSU Green Archers vs UST Growling Tigers: Payback or Step back
The De La Salle Green Archers try to sustain the momentum from a big, morale-boosting victory over Ateneo when the Archers take on the league leading UST Growling Tigers on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The painful lessons from the first round 77-61 loss to UST just a week ago are still fresh in the minds of the green and white faithful. The Tigers destroyed the Archers 77-61 after La Salle led by as many as 14 points during the second quarter. The way the Archers collapsed when UST made a run at the end of the first half, and their passive play during the third quarter allowed UST to take decisive control of the game, and they never looked back. If DLSU wants to prove that they are championship contenders, they need to beat one, if not both, of the league leaders UST and FEU this second round.
Here are the keys to the game.
Jeron Teng should strike the right balance of taking over when needed, and get his teammates involved.
Some of the critics had said that this team would live and die with Jeron Teng. If we want to be contenders and not just mere pretenders to the crown this year, Jeron would need to find the right balance between taking the game over when needed, and getting his teammates involved. He did just that during our victory against Ateneo last weekend where he scored 18 points and dished out 5 assists, as he made big plays down the stretch. But his move which made the biggest impact on the game was not even credited as an assist: as he made the eventual game winning “hockey assist”, a pass to Jason Perkins that led to an assist when Jason whipped the ball to an open Josh Torralba in the corner. The corner 3 turned the game around as we held Ateneo scoreless while we scored 3 more points to nail the win.
Guard the perimeter
UST shot 11/24 from the three-point line during our first round encounter, if we allow them the space and time again this Sunday, it just might be another dominant UST win. Kevin Ferrer, Janus Suarez and Louie Vigil went hot from downtown during that win. La Salle should be more mindful of their defensive assignments and with their rotations to prevent Kevin Ferrer from getting hot again. Ed Daguiaog can explode anytime, just like in their last game, so the Archers need to mark the shooters of the Tigers. Julian Sargent might be tasked once again to guard the scorers of the opposing team. Jeron Teng actually played good defense against Kiefer Ravena during the game against Ateneo, so La Salle will need the King Archer to play good defense as well against the stars of UST.
Limit Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer
Daguioag and Ferrer are having an excellent season so far, and Daguioag putting up MVP numbers in their last game in the first round against UE where he exploded for 34 points, while Ferrer chipped in 14 points. That’s a combined 48 points from the top 2 offensive weapons of the Tigers, and if they can do that again this Sunday, it could be another long afternoon for La Salle. Aside from Jeron Teng and Julian Sargent, our power forwards such as Jason Perkins and Prince Rivero might be assigned to guard them as well, just to give them a different look. Even Joshua Torralba, with his length and athleticism, might be up to the task as well.
We had a rollercoaster ride during the first round. But we couldn’t have ended the first round any better, as an emotional win over our rivals Ateneo have boosted the morale of the Archers and the entire La Salle community. Another huge victory, this time against a league leader will surely do wonders for the confidence of our team. A lot of the so-called experts are already proclaiming that it would be an UST-FEU finals and it is time to prove them wrong with a big victory to start the second round against UST.