UAAP: Slow start dooms La Salle in loss to Adamson

Danine Cruz on Oct 20, 2018 06:17 PM
UAAP: Slow start dooms La Salle in loss to Adamson
Terrible start yields terrible result.

De La Salle University tasted their first loss against Adamson University in three years on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

It may be a big one for Adamson but La Salle's Aljun Melecio downplays it for their side.

"Normal lang naman na pagkatalo. Di naman namin iniisip na first namin ito against them, na after two years. So wala, normal lang talaga," said Melecio.

The Archers were suffocated by the Falcons' defense. In the first quarter, La Salle was just limited to just two points -- the worst scoring output in a quarter in league history, matching the mark set in 2015 by Adamson versus National University.

That extra slow start of La Salle set the tone for the rest of the match. In the end, La Salle only made 26 percent of their field goals and that ultimately haunted them.

"It was the story of the game. Yung first quarter talaga. I just told the boys to grind it out eh. Those were good shots eh. It’s just they're not falling," said head coach Louie Gonzalez.

La Salle may have mounted a comeback in the second half anchored on Melecio, who finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds, but his efforts paled in comparison to the collaboration of Adamson's Sean Manganti, Koko Pingoy, and Papi Sarr.

"In that fourth quarter naman, talagang masakit sa akin, kumbaga we were there especially after Aljun’s three points. Kumbaga timely lang dun nasagot agad ni [Sean] Manganti ng three points eh, tapos yung three points ni [Koko] Pinggoy, yun yung napa break sa amin," shared Gonzalez.

After those back-to-back threes from Adamson, La Salle lost all momentum they built in the low scoring game.

Now at 5-4, the Green Archers will seek for a bounce back win after this tough loss as they take on Far Eastern University next on October 27.

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