It took a half and an Abu Tratter to get the arrows flying straight and true.
Head Coach Juno Sauler fumed (albeit not in Popovich-like fashion, but he still fumed) that his players were not locked in against UP. They shot blanks in the first half, making #UPFight last for twenty minutes before a timely Tratter intervention got everybody going.
In another universe, Almond Vosotros shot perfectly well from the field (21 points, 14 shots, five triples) while Jeron Teng‘s shooting came back down to earth. It was expected. It’s not everyday you score 32 points on 16 shots anyway. But to keep this one concise after a boring dame day, let’s have at it then.
PLAY THE ROOKIES
Well, not everybody got the exposure I would’ve wanted. But it was warranted since De La Salle could have badly lost against the Fighting Maroons who were putting up a game fight. However, Tratter was a much-needed boost. The big man scored only seven points and grabbed four boards. But that was more than decent. He had a positive impact to turn a lethargic team around and fire it on all cylinders.
GO FOR 40 TENG?
Well, it was not meant to be. After a scintillating game against archrivals Ateneo, Jeron’s shooting went back to earth. He still finished with 15 points, six boards and five assists. But guess what, he finished with 5-14 shooting and settled for jumpers. Again. Why you do this to me RoboSon? Do we see a bounce-back performance soon? Maybe. I hope so. Because a transcendental Jeron game is a joy to watch.
It was never in doubt. even if DLSU was lethargic to begin with. Once they turned on the engines, it was good night UP. It did not help the Maroons’ cause that Almond Vosotros had his field day against them but it was bound to happen anyway.
Featured image courtesy of Mark Cristino, Pinoy Exchange