A few hours after the Green Archers’ final practice a day before Game 3 of the epic finals of this year’s UAAP men’s basketball season, probably the one thing that struck me the most in an uninhibited, laidback lunch with the team’s coaching staff was Coach Juno Sauler mentioning how he used the final lines from a poem by William Ernest Henley to prepare his boys for the second round game against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Faced with a win-or-wait-till-next-year situation, the Archers came out breathing fire, taking a stranglehold of the game after only 7 minutes en route to a convincing victory to force a game 3.
Coach Juno Sauler’s relentless, season-long quest for the perfect game has brought La Salle to the brink of UAAP men’s basketball glory.
After all the hardwork done in those rigorous training regimens and countless scrimmage sessions, it all boils down on the one who holds the precious and most coveted championship trophy at the end of the season.
The DLSU Lady Archers failed to win the coveted championship as they fell short to the NU Lady Bulldogs in their 67-52 defeat yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.