Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


La Salle’s Evan Nelle: ‘We’re the favorites, we’re no. 1’

All eyes are on the University of the Philippines as it defends a championship for the first time in over three decades. Many of those are also on Ateneo de Manila University and its grand plans of a big-time bounce back.

Those eyes are all looking at the wrong things – if Evan Nelle is to be believed, that is.

“I really think we’re the favorites because we bonded. The way our preseason games concluded, we really showed what we can do as a team,” he expressed in the UAAP Season 85 Collegiate Basketball press conference on Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“So yeah, we’re no. 1.”

Nelle and De La Salle University are coming off a promising preseason where they won the championship in the 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup and the bronze medal in the 2022 Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup. All that, making them primed and prepared for a campaign where they’re expected to return to the Final Four – and even advance further.

2022-PBA-D-League-Aspirants-Cup-La-Salle-Ecooil La Salle’s Evan Nelle: ‘We’re the favorites, we’re no. 1’ Basketball DLSU News UAAP  - philippine sports news

(C) PBA Images

“Siyempre naman, I’d look at my team as favorite. Siyempre, what would that be if I think we’re gonna lose the championship, or not make it to the Final Four or the finals?” the NCAA Season 95 Mythical Team member furthered.

“I have full confidence in us. I really trust our system, I really trust our team right now.”

At the same time, La Salle is drawing determination from the fact that their last season ended in heartbreak. They had a double-digit lead on the Fighting Maroons at the midway mark of the final frame of the semifinals before falling victim to UP’s comeback victory.UAAP-84-Mens-Basketball-UP-vs-DLSU-Evan-Nelle-scaled La Salle’s Evan Nelle: ‘We’re the favorites, we’re no. 1’ Basketball DLSU News UAAP  - philippine sports news

#ReadMore  Laus Playbook romps Happy Feet, rolls to 6-0 in The Nationals DOTA 2

“Hindi ako nakatulog ilang linggo rin. Up to now, it still pains me. Every time we have bad practices, every time we don’t wanna practice, coach reminds us that we were like, three minutes, 30 seconds away from the finals,” he shared.

“Coming into the new season, we’re using that as motivation.”

The Green Archers take the court for the first time in UAAP Season 85 on Saturday, when they re-engage with defending champion UP.

Written By

You May Also Like


In a basketball program as massive as the NU Lady Bulldogs, head coach Aris Dimaunahan has a 24-hour rule. Be it a win or...


Coming off the high of reaching the finals of the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Basketball Tournament, De La Salle University suffered a wake-up call...


National University exacted vengeance on De La Salle University, the school that ended the Lady Bulldogs’ 108-game winning streak, scoring a 93-61 victory to...


The only question about Jerom Lastimosa’s place in Adamson University folklore is how big it can get. The 5-foot-10 court general almost single handedly...


University of Santo Tomas reclaimed the UAAP women’s athletics title after ceding it to Far Eastern University in Season 81, Sunday at the Philsports...


University of the Philippines captured back-to-back men’s titles after taking care of business with two golds on the final day of the UAAP Season...


Adamson University annexed a second Boys’ title at the end of the UAAP Season 85 Athletics Championships Sunday at the Philsports Track and Field...


National University remained undefeated after 11 rounds in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Chess Championship with a 3-1 win over University of the Philippines,...