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Sauler, Teng hope to put La Salle’s end-game woes behind



The De La Salle University Green Archers’ second round campaign has been turbulent.

Since taking over the helm, Juno Sauler and the Green Archers have been a second round machine. Over the past two seasons, they have recorded a combined 12-2 record in the second round, bringing them once to the Final Four, and another time all the way to the championship.

This season, after ending the first round with a 4-3 record that included wins against the National University Bulldogs, Adamson Soaring Falcons, University of the East Red Warriors, and the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles, the cagers from Taft Avenue weren’t able to feed off that momentum as the second round unfolded.

Setting aside the team’s lone win against UE, La Salle’s end-game meltdowns resulted in tough losses against University of Santo Tomas, Adamson, and, recently, NU.

“We knew that NU was really going to fight [until] the very end because I think one loss for them they’ll be in trouble also when they get to eight losses,” DLSU head coach Juno Sauler said when asked for his thoughts after the loss to NU. “They made a good account of themselves by coming back even when we had stretches wherein we had a good lead but we weren’t able to hold it.”

In those three losses, the team had put up commanding leads in the first three quarters by barreling into the paint often and nailing outside jumpers. But come the fourth, La Salle’s solid play on both ends of the court had unravelled, allowing opposition teams to stage nerve-wracking comebacks.

Taking a look at the numbers in their three second-round losses, La Salle averaged 16 fourth quarter points per game, but gave up 27 fourth quarter points in the process. In addition, they averaged four turnovers during those fourth quarters

“It’s not really [our] scoring. [In fact] we got 20 points in the fourth quarter but we gave up 32 points to NU,” Sauler further elaborated. “So that’s not really our problem [when it comes to] scoring but [it is on] just closing out games and playing better defense.

“Defense talaga. We just have to find a way to play better individual defense and better team defense.”

Team captain Jeron Teng also shared the same thoughts as Sauler regarding the team’s defensive lapses during end-game scenarios.

“Siguro iyon nga, we have to really work on [that], it’s not really our offense, but [more on] our defense,” Teng explained. “First to third [quarters], we do well sa defense pero sa fourth siguro medyo nagrerelax. That is what we have to work on for our next three games.

“Siguro [having] the [right] mindset [din] because, iyon nga, dapat hindi [more] focus sa offense but [more on] our defense and getting stops.”

With the losses piling up for the Green Archers, they now risk losing their Final Four slot if they don’t turn things around. Currently in fourth place with a 5-6 record, and with NU within striking distance at 5-7 , La Salle must win their next three games against ADMU, UP and FEU respectively to enter the Final Four.

“Well kami naman magfocus lang kami sa games namin. We don’t really rely on others’ outcome [aside] from sa games namin,” Teng added. “Whatever happens, lalaban lang kami ng La Salle.”

The next three games for the Green Archers will be crucial in keeping their Final Four hopes alive, as they cannot afford to lose and be kicked out of the top spots. If NU drops in their next set of games, it increases La Salle’s chances of solidifying the last Final Four ticket. For now, their chances of making the post-season are within their control.

“[We have] three tough games and it doesn’t really matter on how NU closes their last two games also,” Sauler closed. “We just have to take care of our own business.”

  • Dakila

    The real reason why La Salle has been losing is that these players were not trained rigorously to last 40 minutes of play. They lack stamina. Take a look at Letran, they have the shortest line-up in the NCAA league and without any import at that but they overcame this shortcoming by developing the stamina of their players. They employ full-court double/triple team defense from start to finish not even allowing opponents to set for a shot. They have caused the highest turn-overs in the league. They are always moving and running in defense and offense and you cant see any player standing stationary waiting for the ball. Their coach always uses 12- 13 players rotation.
    La Salle obviously is the opposite. The stubborn coach just used a maximum rotation of 10 players but effectively its 6 or 7 players rotation because the excess are given a very limited exposure of 3 to 5 minutes playing time. The stubborn coach just rely on Teng as his savior disregarding the knowledge that Teng is a marked man. The stubborn coach has thrown away the development program of his players by having them sit on the bench. An interview with Abe King by Spin ph., he said that ” PAG BINANGKO MO PALAGI ANG PLAYER, SIRA NA YAN. WALA NA ANG CONFIDENCE NYAN AT HINDI MO NA MAIBABALIK ANG GALING NIYAN”, and precisely this is what this stubborn coach is doing with his players. Its no wonder some of his veteran players left him to play with other schools because they believe that their talent will not be develop and fully harness under this stubborn coach.

    • Nate Nate

      time to bring in more oxygen tanks..


After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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