Triangle Offense

Think again. by On Point
August 23, 2009, 1:30 am
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La Salle’s 83-78 loss against UP, I saw that coming even before the opening tip.

Why so? As I’ve pointed out on my prediction, La Salle, this season, is playing inconsistent basketball.

The last time the Archers won was in the first round against the Tigers. In a game where they trailed by as much as 19 points before snatching that double-OT victory and in a game where UST just can’t hit even open shots in the end game.

That win by La Salle actually capped its fourth straight win after losing its first two assignments. And just when all thought the Archers have found their rhythm, they lost to Ateneo in OT, lost to Adamson, got defeated again by Ateneo in a rout then, UP joins the party.

Just when all thought La Salle would finally apply the breaks to halt its three-game skid at the expense of UP…

Well think again, State U just like Adamson can beat almost any team in the league. The Maroons at 2-7 prior to their game against the Archers, can deceive you with their losing record. UST nearly fell to UP twice and Ateneo just did.

As the Maroons have shown as of late, they are not only capable on the offensive end but also, they can bother you with their pesky defense.

Against La Salle, they showed what they can do. UP torched La Salle from downtown, with Mikee Reyes draining four alone. The Maroons also applied good pressure D on the Archers, forcing guys like Mangahas and Malabes to turn the ball over. Not to mention, the last one on Hyram Bagatsing, who lost the ball and eventually the chance to at least tie the game with 15 ticks left in the contest.

In this game, La Salle’s veteran players came to play. Pee Jay Barua shot a team-high 18 points, James Mangahas and Bader Malabes also had double-digit point totals but to a losing cause.

Ateneo has Al-Hussaini and Baclao, FEU has Barroca and Ramos, UST has Ababou and Mirza and finally UE has Llagas and Lee. These teams have leaders to turn to and hit the dagger, for the win and for the school pride.

What the Archers need is a go-to guy, not just a player with experience. They are in dire need for ‘the man’ who can take over and not just someone who will show up from time to time.

And just when all thought Mangahas and Malabes can lead La Salle to contention this season, well think again.


UP hands La Salle its fourth straight loss by On Point
August 22, 2009, 7:43 pm
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State U added insult to injury when they dealt La Salle its fourth consecutive setback with an 83-78 squeaker in the UAAP Men’s basketball today.

The Maroons, propelled by rookie Mikee Reyes, who notched a career-high 25 points put the Green Archers’ final four bid on the ropes.

The former La Salle Greenhills stalwart also converted four triples and dished out six dimes.

The Maroons started the game on fire to lead by as much as 13 points, 20-7, in the first period before the Archers started to hit their strides in the second half.

The Archers, who missed the services of starting point guard Simon Atkins due to a left ankle sprain, drew 18 points from Pee Jay Barua.

UP improved to 3-7, while La Salle at 4-6, fell two games behind UST and UE for the last two spots of the final four.

In the curtain raiser, Adamson walloped National U, 79-50.

Former junior’s MVP Leo Canuday had a decent game with 12 points to lead Adamson’s balanced attack.

(Game Analysis to follow)