La Salle performed a task in closing out the elimination spherical of the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event, and beating bitter rival Ateneo on Saturday simply looks like the icing on the cake for what the Inexperienced Archers achieved after successful the second spherical.
A 72-69 win over the Blue Eagles earlier than greater than 14,900 screaming souls clad in inexperienced and blue at Sensible Araneta Coliseum not solely avenged a first-round loss however nearly gave the Archers a sure twice-beat bonus within the Last 4. if it is not the very best placement after Sunday’s final sport.
“We all the time guarantee that we care for what we are able to management, and we do not actually know and we do not wish to take note of what is going on to occur within the subsequent few days,” coach Topex Robinson mentioned, referring to who she’s going to function enemy attracts within the semi-finals.
“We’re not going to waste time interested by who we will play towards, however we will put all our power and energy into ensuring we do effectively.”
Irrespective of who the enemy shall be, he will definitely have a mountain to climb.
La Salle completed with an 11-3 file and took first place within the rankings for the primary time, overtaking College of the Philippines (11-2) and Nationwide College (NU) 10-3.
As issues stand, solely a loss by 39 factors or extra by UP towards NU Sunday will deny La Salle a spot within the prime two if the quotient system comes into impact within the occasion of a three-way tie for No. 1 . Ought to the Preventing Maroons win, they’d obtain the No. 1 seed and La Salle the second seed.
Ateneo fell to 7-7, and defending champion Eagles would additionally should face a College of the East upset of Adamson on Sunday to advance because the No. 4 seed within the semifinals, or they’ll face the Hovering Falcons.
Making ready for subsequent season
In the meantime, the College of Santo Tomas (UST) will look to place a forgettable season behind them in hopes of being higher when the time for redemption comes.
And that highway for the Growling Tigers begins Wednesday as they take just some days off.
“Basketball is all about timing. Win, turn into champions, construct a robust staff, different groups graduate their gamers,” coach Pido Jarencio instructed reporters after UST ended its marketing campaign on Saturday with a win towards Far Japanese College, 57-53, at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.
“It is a course of. For us, the method continues,” added Jarencio, whose Tigers completed 2-12, with each victories coming on the expense of the Tamaraws.
Jarencio is not pointing the finger at what went flawed of their season. Actually, he takes all of the blame.
“I take full duty,” he mentioned.