The Green Archers had an inauspicious start in their first game under the new coaching regime, falling to NCAA champions San Beda, 63-69 at the start of the Fil-Oil tournament.

After training a few months away from the spotlight, many supporters were understandably curious about how the team would perform with a new system. Today, it was apparent that the new system had not yet taken root, as seen in the ragged stretches in the middle quarters which San Beda took full advantage of to build their lead up to 15 points.

Unfortunately, it seems that unlearning the lessons of the past may take a bit of doing. Nowhere was this more evident than in the first quarter, where the Archers scored the first 6 points of the game, then yielded the initiative to the more experienced Red Lions. Perhaps the lack of competitive activity has made our players a bit rusty, because they were a step slow both on offense as well as defense.

On offense, our guards were uncharacteristically tentative, and the off-ball movement was not effective, resulting in stalled offensives some individualistic plays in the first half under shot clock pressure. The shooting touch wasn’t there either, as the team only hit 33% of 2 point attempts and 27% on treys. With that kind of accuracy, all San Beda had to do was clog the lanes and let us fire away from afar. Our passing wasn’t as crisp, reflecting some uncertainty and unfamiliarity with the system. On defense, the team failed to contain the Red Lion pick-and-roll, and we couldn’t keep the SBC bigs away from the paint. Only during the last few minutes when the team mounted that last-ditch rally did the intensity kick up.

To be fair, San Beda is the reigning NCAA champion, and this team has been playing together under one system for the last few years. Their imports, Armon and Adegun, proved to be a handful, and their guards were pesky on defense and very active on offense. Overall, San Beda’s teamwork was impressive.

On the upside, Teng and Tallo put in a good account of themselves in their first official game, and Yutien returned from knee surgery. Webb showed the aggressiveness of old, and Jovet was aggressive on offense in the paint. Our guards Revilla, Vosotros, dela Paz, and Tampus played below their usual effective level, and they will definitely pick up in the next games. Andrada will shake off his rust, Torres and Paredes will be able to fully utilize their height and length, and the teamwork will emerge as the players get used to the new setup and each other.

There are no instant solutions to seeming lack of cohesion with the team until the UAAP lineup is finalized. Until then, the coaches will do a lot of tinkering to find out who fits best under their scheme. Installing a new system takes a bit of time, and unfortunately, there are only 3 months before the new season comes around. Still, the focus on the basics will pay off. The coaches continue to evaluate players as they look to finalize our lineup in a couple of months. We’ll see more o f the aspirants as our team swings into action in the Father Martin’s Cup with a slightly different lineup. But who knows, we may still see a surprise or two before the UAAP season.

Box Scores:

SBC 69 – Caram 15, Armon 11, Adeogun 10, Koga 8, Dela Rosa 7, Dela Cruz 5, Lim 5, Pascual J 4 Pascual K 2, Ludovice 2, Amer 0, Mendoza 0, Moralde 0

DLSU 63 – Torres N 12, Teng 8, Mendoza 8, Dela Paz 6, Webb 6, Andrada 6, Revilla 5, Paredes 4, Vosotros 3, Tallo 3, Tampus 2, Gotladera 0, Torres T 0, Reyes M 1

Quarter Scores: 13-6;31-22;49-34;69-63

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  • archer517

    does anyone have an idea where marata is?

  •  @archer517 In The Father Martin’s Cup lineup refer to the article previous to this

  • an1mo

    The night is young and it’s only the first game. Surely, we won’t judge them that quickly right? They still lack a bit of chemistry yes, but that won’t be a problem a few more practices can’t fix. Step up on the next games. 

  • greenconscience

    I saw the game. Our team is weak. We lacked ceiling, speed, consistency and just about everything. We were down as much as 16 and got a bit lucky in the dying minutes so we closed the gap. Sadly, the game was never close. Sure San Beda’s boys are the NCAA champs but they also have a new coach just like us – former UP/PBA great Ronnie Magsanoc, playing with a new system. Some questions –
    1. Where ia AVO? He’s also not in the Fr. Martin roster.
    2. Can our dual players (playing both in Fr. Martin/Filoil) encounter “basketball fatigue”? (too overworked)
    3. Why are there too many short guards?
    4. After years of being with the team why is Yutien still so thin?
    Reality bites.

  • greenlight

    Despite Norbert’s shooting woes, Im quite surprised he still topped the scoring sheet.

  • brnlncgllr

     @greenconscience I kind of have to agree with you, sir. I cannot answer the three other questions, but the AVO question is answerable. Hmmm. He is out with a hamstring injury and will be back for UAAP.

  • brnlncgllr

     @archer517 and he is not played for the fil-oil because tournament regulations state that a player who is ineligible for UAAP may not be able to participate.according to coach Gee, Marata is having some trouble with his academics that may rule him out for UAAP.

  • brnlncgllr

    16 when SBC led 48-32 at the 0:48 mark of the third.

  • ArchMigV

    coach gee may still be adjusting sa college basketball, iba style sa pba, more talent and mas sanay mag execute ng plays with little practice time. hopefully in due time things will work out for the team.

  • coolahbear

    I was able to watch the game too. The coach was trying different combinations and found the one that clicked only in the last quarter. However, I had wished that Jeron Teng was given more playing time (he was fielded in only in the second half) and this new guy Tallo was given his break only in the fourth quarter. The game changed substantially for the better when Tallo joined the fray. Overall, I would say the team showed a lot of promise though. Very little playing time were given to rookie Torres too so there is not much to say about him yet. Coach Gee should try different combinations during these two tournaments, FILOIL and Fr. Martin’s Cup, no matter what the results will be. It would be very interesting to see how these new guys will fare with AVO back in the team when the UAAP season starts. We have a tall team with a potential consistent scorer in Jeron Teng and a playmaker like Tallo! Coach Gee mentioned in an interview that he will concentrate first on defense. This was obvious because I could see the team worked individualistically in offense without any clear attacking patterns yet. But the future looks rosy indeed!