UAAP: La Salle's new coach on loss: '(We are) a young team'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2018 04:00 PM
UAAP: La Salle's new coach on loss: '(We are) a young team'
New head coach Louie Gonzalez believes La Salle could only get better following their season-opening loss

De La Salle University’s new era following the departure of two-time MVP Ben Mbala and champion coach Aldin Ayo got off on the wrong foot.

The Green Archers were at the losing end as battle-hardened Far Eastern University showed its heart for a 68-61 win on Sunday.

Behind Arvin Tolentino and Jasper Parker, the Tamaraws closed out the contest on a 13-5 run in the last four minutes.

That kind of composure proved to be the difference in the matchup that featured seven lead changes and six deadlocks.

La Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez said so himself. “I think especially evident in this first game is (that) it’s a young team against a seasoned team,” he told reporters post-game.

Indeed, FEU has brought back the very same core that came oh so close to a Finals appearance last season while the Taft-based team lost all of Mbala, the Rivero brothers Prince and Ricci, Abu Tratter, and coach Aldin.

Still, their new mentor was nothing but glad to see his wards put up a fight. “Yung puso naman e, nandun talaga. Again, basta as long as nandyan yung heart, nandyan yung effort, we will compete,” he said.

With that, coach Louie said that things can only get better for the Green Archers. “Ako naman, I’m very optimistic that we’re only gonna get better,” he said.

Of course, the first-year head coach in the collegiate ranks said it will all have to start with him. As he put it, “Personally, I want to improve. Gusto ko pa i-develop yung sarili ko especially kasi alam naman nating this is UAAP e. The reason why I’m here is I’m a student of the game.”

He then continued, “I always keep working hard and siguro, itutuloy ko pa yun.”

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