Archers know there can be no repeat of their subpar showing against Falcons

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 23, 2016 08:56 PM
Archers know there can be no repeat of their subpar showing
NO REPEAT. Jeron Teng, Aljun Melecio, and DLSU admit that they did not perform to the best of their abilities against very game Adamson.

De La Salle University triumphed over Adamson University to barge into the Finals of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

In coach Aldin Ayo’s eyes, however, the win should actually serve as a wakeup call for the Green Archers. “Gusto ko silang magising. Pasok na kami sa Finals, but we cannot play like this,” he expressed.

The first-year mentor was talking about how the young yet hungry Soaring Falcons gave them all they could handle.

The first-year mentor was talking about how they won by five points, but only counted Jeron Teng and Ben Mbala in double-digits.

The first-year mentor was talking about how a team that supposedly makes mayhem on both ends instead committed 26 turnovers while only netting three assists of their own.

So disappointed was Ayo with his boys’ effort that he – who is wont to appreciate every detail down to the intangibles – said that they may have won only because they prayed harder. As he put it, “Siguro, natalo lang namin sila sa dasal. Siguro, we really prayed hard.”

“Kung makikita niyo, ilan yung minintis nila? Binigay lang sa amin, pero ‘di namin kinuha,” he continued. “’Di namin pinagpursigihan. Ayaw lang talaga ma-shoot yung puntos nila, pero on our part, kulang yung mga ginawa namin.”

Indeed, Adamson was only chasing down a three-point deficit inside the last two minutes and muffed on three triples tries in a row. In the last minute, they again forced defensive stops only to see Dawn Ochea and Jerrick Ahanmisi’s long-range from fall short of the ring.

If not for team captain Teng yet again proving his clutch credentials, the game could have been a definitely different story. “I don’t like the timing. Very unfortunate na ngayon pa nangyari ito during the Final Four,” Ayo said.

He also added, “So yun nga ang laging sinasabi, ang dami pa naming dapat trabahuin and kailangang i-improve.”

The good news is that the DLSU players themselves admitted that this was far from their best game. More than that, they also recognize what needs to be done to make sure this is the last time it happens.

As Aljun Melecio put it, “Ayaw naman ni coach na hanggang Finals lang and gusto niya hanggang championship. binibigyan kami ng lesson ni coach na hindi pwedeng ganito yung laro namin sa Finals.”

Teng could only agree. “Nari-realize na namin na if we don’t fix our problem now, there’s a chance na we might regret kung paano matatapos ang season namin,” he said.

He then continued, “Of course, we don’t want that to happen. We’re gonna do whatever it takes to win the championship.”

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