Roel Cruz

La Salle vs Adamson Game Reaction: Much Ado About Heart

It has been three days since the Green Archers’ lackluster 66-57 win over the Adamson Falcons, all of which have been spent mostly basking in Gilas glory and trying to run through as many adjectives as I could to appropriately describe the team’s uninspired performance on that humdrum of a Sunday I nearly ended up entitling this piece “Fifty Shades of Dreary.” There would be no difficulty in rattling off a laundry list of how that strange lack of intensity concretely manifested itself throughout the game: the 13 fast break points of Adamson (compared to La Salle’s 6) which reflected a more energetic Falcons offense capitalizing on the lack of transition defense; feisty Adamson actually winning the rebounding battle 50-49; or that 23-8 La Salle lead after the first quarter which once again got cut down hastily, turning what should’ve rightfully been a blowout into a relatively close game that

La Salle vs Ateneo Game Reaction: Zen and the Art of Championship Maintenance

In the quest for title retention, the formula is deceivingly simple and unconventional in nature for Coach Juno Sauler and the De La Salle Green Archers: Allow tremendous hype to build up around them as early as the postseason while not allowing any of it to penetrate the team’s psyche, lose the first two games of the season with shades of struggle and disarray, then slowly rack up a 6-game winning streak while dealing with injuries to two starters and their respective backups, and consequently using a bulk of inexperienced players at the forefront.