August 14. Almond Vosotros launched an off-balance floater near the baseline that danced a couple of times above the rim before going through the net, allowing the Green Archers to escape the Adamson Falcons by the skin of their teeth in overtime and begin their second round campaign on a winning note. But the victory was far from satisfying, as La Salle was outrebounded and outplayed for most of the game by the Falcons before outlasting them in the extra session. Questions still swirled around this team and whether they can finish games with endgame poise and pile up enough wins to catch the Final Four bus.
Exactly a month later and this same team finds itself tied for first in the standings and locking horns with the FEU Tamaraws for a play-off for a twice-to-beat advantage after having swept the second round. But looking at the statistics, there aren’t many categories where La Salle is lording it over against other teams, because not all of the reasons for their winning run of seven games can be glimpsed from the statsheet.
Here are 7 reasons for the Green Archers’ remarkable 7-game winning streak in the second round of UAAP Season 76: