Facing last season’s champs on the opening game feels like an early death. But battling them first before any team does is a big opportunity to test the waters, and try to catch them off guard.

FEU and La Salle have a rivalry of its own, dating from way,way back in time. From last season, the Archers slammed a lot of FEU’s chances; from UAAP Final Four to Philippine Collegiate Champions League, and recently, in Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. Moving on, this is a brand new season, right? It is FEU’s chance again to prove themselves and reclaim what was lost from them.

Keys to the Game


This game will definitely test FEU’s capability to rule the paint. With DLSU’s bigger and heftier frontline, FEU big men’s fighting chance is how to outwit and outplay their DLSU counterparts. In this part, we will see how Coach Nash Racela addresses his team’s rebounding woes.

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Can FEU win the rebounding battle against the frontline-heavy DLSU? (Photo Credit: KC Cruz, PinoyExchange)

 Outside shooting

In order to avoid their fate during the preseason, the Tamaraws have to guard the DLSU shooters in Thomas Torres and Almond Vosotros very well. The Tamaraws shouldn’t lose their sight of these two guys if they don’t want to see bombs firing from the three-point area.

Clamp Jeron down

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FEU should not allow Jeron Teng to attack the basket easily. (Photo Credit: KC Cruz, Pinoy Exchange)


Jeron may have solidified his superstar status in the league, but he still has some weaknesses that other teams need to take advantage. FEU has to make things difficult by giving him a lot of different looks on defense. The Tams should keep Jeron out of the lane and force him to shoot outside. After all, you can’t afford to get him hot right from the start.


I expect a thrilling game between these two squads. Both of them want to kickstart their campaigns on a high note. I’m excited about the outcome of this game since it will be a good measuring stick considering they just fought La Salle a couple of months ago.

It will be difficult to predict how the Morayta-based squad will win this game, but as an FEU faithful, I will put my trust on our boys. FEU has a lot to gain in this game and  whatever happens, it will definitely help them this season.