I’m not sure if revenge games are the trend in the UAAP this season. But it sure does look like it. Jeron Teng had that revenge game against Ateneo when De La Salle met them in the second round.
So, we’re not far off from another revenge game tomorrow against FEU. After all, they did put the first blemish and a pang of doubt into the Archers’ repeat campaign this year. So, let’s have at it then. Shall we?
Who’s going to pick up Mac Belo? I’m sure that no one in their right minds would put Julian Sargent to shackle the MVP candidate. There’s nobody who can. Maybe Troy Rosario who has the height and quickness to go with the wily forward from FEU. But laterally, nope. Not even Aljon Mariano can stay in front of the Sinag standout.
One more thing to note about Belo is that, he never forces anything. He picks his spots so well that he has that ilista mo na vibe going on. He also evidently plays well with Mike Tolomia and Achi Inigo making them a sort of watered down (to say the least) Big Three. He may never block shots as much as one former Tamaraw did (remember that PBA MVP-turned-recording artist?), but he can keep in front of his man well enough to keep it honest.
The top guard of FEU has one glaring weakness that must always be exploited: he cannot take care of the basketball. Tolomia is so turnover prone that his assists to turnover ratio just cancels out the Tolomia Passing Theory one Power Ranking is bandying about. However, it does hold true. FEU has won games whenever he dished it at least four times, with the exception of the UST flu game.
What De La Salle needs to be cautious on is when Tolomia calls for off ball action and ends up with a hand off in-rhythm, squared up and ready to fire from downtown. That’s what killed the Archers in their first meeting and they should’ve learned from that already. Getting the ball out of Inigo’s hands also seem like a good idea but eh, Kib MontalBUST.
This should be a close match. I mean come on, you’re practically battling for first place and twice-to-beat advantage in this game. A loss for either team means tying for second with NU and Ateneo in the standings. Right now, the Archers would need to clamp down on D as per factors listed above since the offense is good enough as it is. Maybe less chucking for Almond Vosotros. But eh, let Almond be Almond.