Pregame: DLSU vs AdU 8/14

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After escaping with a win over UST last Thursday, La Salle will again be tested tomorrow as they collide with Adamson to start their second round campaign. Game time is at 3PM.

The Green Archers will look to exact revenge on the Falcons, who handed them a frustrating 66-58 setback just the other week.

As far as their game is concerned, I think it’s pretty much obvious what needs to be done by the team in order for them to really contend for the title. No doubt the Archers have the right pieces and talent this season. They have shown flashes of being a very good team but at the same time, they’ve got issues with consistency.

Basketball is also a mental game and the team has to develop that toughness of a championship team. Sustain the same level of energy and aggressiveness for 40 minutes. If their opponent exerts more effort, they should match or even exceed that effort. If their shots don’t fall, make it up on defense instead of being upset.

Simon, Luigi and Joshua remain doubtful for tomorrow’s game. But as what Nel said in his previous article, the team can’t use their possible absence as an excuse and they must be able to overcome adversity if it hopes to be crowned as champions.

This game is pivotal. Not considering the outcome of the Ateneo-FEU match later, a win tomorrow would give the Archers a chance to have a share of 2nd place in the standings. On the other hand, a loss would be fatal as the bottom teams are still very much in contention for the Final Four.

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