Archers say all-big lineup just proves their versatility
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 23, 2016 07:44 PM
THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING. DLSU trotted out a lineup that would put a scare on anybody late in their matchup with UST.
With De La Salle University well on their way to the 11th win in as many games, coach Aldin Ayo decided it was time for something different.
With the Green Archer lead breaching the 40-point mark inside the last five minutes, Ayo put out a five on the floor made up of Mark Dyke, Ben Mbala, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, and Abu Tratter.
Meaning, they had no player standing shorter than six-foot-three. Meaning, they had no player who was a legitimate pointman.
Mbala did nothing but appreciate the something different they did. As he put it, “Since I’ve been here in the Philippines, I’ve never seen a lineup with all black guys. That was the premiere (of that lineup).”
He then continued, “It was pretty funny, you know.”
Turning serious, however, the Cameroonian center said he was glad that they passed coach Aldin Ayo’s test with flying colors. “You know, coach likes to try out new things. I think that was just a way for him to check if the five of us could jell,” he said.
He then continued, “And you know, I think we did good. That’s proof we can all play even if we’re all big men.”
Tratter could only agree in saying, “It was definitely a strategic point too just to show that we have that option. For coach to do that, he’s not only showing his versatility, it also shows the versatility of our team.”
According to Sargent, there have been more than a few times when the five of them discussed playing together. “We’ve been thinking about it for a while because we know it doesn’t really matter who’s in the game. People (on our team) are good on and off the court,” he said.
And for the graduating guard, the opportunity they got to do just that also proves how much their fiery mentor trusts them. “He wants everybody to pick up where the first team left off so there’s just mayhem. We did that,” he expressed.
Do they have any idea what they wanted their lineup to be called? “The all-black lineup? I don’t care if you call it that,” Sargent said while laughing.
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