(From DLSUSports.com by Brian Lance Tamayao) – In a battle of undefeated teams in the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite 8, the reigning PCCL champions DLSU Green Archers emerged as winners against the San Beda Red Lions, 61-56 after withstanding a late comeback by the NCAA kings.
The Green Archers thrashed the CEU Pink Scorpions 79-56 to advance to the Elite 8 phase of the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League in Tanauan, Batangas.
The first thing that always catches my eye each time I step out of the elevator on the 9th floor of the Enrique Razon Sports Center and head towards the basketball court are the banners honoring all the past triumphs of the Green Archers and the individuals who have fully exemplified the traits of a Lasallian champion.
The same sequence was repeated a couple of times on the giant screen that hung imposingly above the playing court.
On Wednesday, the Green Archers will try to accomplish what they did back in 2007. That is to say that beating a team twice whole season long is way meaningful than getting beat by the same team thrice in the same season. As we all know back in that championship run seven years ago, the Green Archers have defeated the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles only twice that season but it was all the “when it mattered most” games en route to that spectacular championship season by defeating the mighty University of the East Red Warriors, a team that I personally consider a PBA D-League team masquerading as a UAAP team that time.
I don’t know for certain if in between poring through the likes of Friedrich Nietzsche and Viktor Frankl, or getting giddy about film masterpieces such as Cinema Paradiso, Coach Juno Sauler has read Bill Simmons’ The Book of Basketball, wherein Isiah Thomas reveals the secret of basketball to be more than just about basketball.
For all of the adjustments on offense and defense: better player and ball movement, snappy execution of set plays, limiting one of the opponent’s top player and taking better care of the ball, it was the intangibles that allowed the DLSU Green Archers to finally get back at their season tormentors, the FEU Tamaraws.