If there is one lesson from last week’s game against NU is that never allow the opponent to dictate the tempo from the start.
Facing their biggest deficit of UAAP Season 79, 43-52, midway through the third quarter, it seemed like the disciplined and deliberate half-court pace of the NU Bulldogs was threatening to blemish DLSU’s perfect 3-0 record.
By the time the buzzer sounded to signal intermission, it seemed like mayhem got stuck in the notorious EDSA traffic as the DLSU Green Archers were only leading in single digits, 44-35.
After pulling the Tamaraws’ horns and taking the fight away from the Fighting Maroons, Coach Aldin Ayo and the De La Salle University Green Archers’ patented mayhem defense will test their mettle and try to tame a resurging University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers unit on Wednesday for their third game in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament first round of eliminations.
Aside from team captain Jeron Teng exerting tremendous effort on defense, the most surprising scene during DLSU’s 89-71 win over the UP Fighting Maroons was 6’7” rookie Justin Baltazar aggressively defending UP’s guards on the perimeter.