The DLSU Green Archers needed this win badly, and they did it in a convincing fashion. They ended their two game skid with a 88-71 rout of the still winless Adamson Soaring Falcons. Entering the game with just a win and two losses, it was clear that DLSU needed a lot of adjustments to their game, especially on the defensive end and on their outside shooting. The Green Archers wasted no time showing the Falcons their newfound focus on the defensive end, starting the game on a 24-10 run. By halftime, the DLSU has already built a 21-point advantage. Adamson slowly crawled their way back, cutting the deficit in the fourth quarter to 11, but the Green Archers were able to hold off the Falcons’ run for a much needed victory.
So what went right for DLSU? For one, they were finally able to find their range. After shooting poorly from rainbow country in their first three games, the Green Archers were able to finally hit their mark this season, making nine shots out of 24 attempts. Among those nine triples made, three came from Thomas Torres who finally had his breakout game this season after a horrible start to the season. Entering into this game, Torres, who was supposed to be one of DLSU’s key players, was just averaging around three points and shooting below 30% eFG. But he finally broke out of his slump as he scored 16 points on 55% eFG. The defense has also been better for the Green Archers. While they allowed 71 points (79.5 points per 100) against the Falcons, they were able to limit them to 29% from the field (or 32% eFG), where they kept the Falcons to shoot quick and hurried shots. DLSU’s mainman Jeron Teng still had his usual numbers of 18 points 9 rebounds and 5 assists, but he has gotten help also from the other Green Archers, something that was lacking in their loss to FEU. One of the surprise contributors to the game was rookie Larry Muyang. After hardly playing in La Salle’s first three games, he was able to hold his own in his first start this season. He had a couple of good shots underneath the basket, and getting a lot of rebounds (12 in total). He also helped La Salle’s defensive spacing with his size.
While DLSU played Adamson well, especially during the first half, there were also a lot of things to improve on. First is they still didn’t have an answer for players inside. Adamson was able to outrebound the Green Archers 50-48, considering that Adamson is a relatively smaller team. Almost half of the rebounds for Adamson also came from the offensive end (23 in total), which is why even though Adamson shot poorly from the field, they were still able to get a lot of points mostly from second chance points. The Green Archers didn’t have an answer inside for Papi Sarr, who got his way with the Green Archers with 18 points and 16 rebounds. The Green Archers also committed 22 turnovers, leading to a lot of opportunity for the Falcons’ comeback. Fortunately for La Salle, Adamson really had a difficult time shooting the ball as well.
The final score of the game maybe a good 17-point win for the Green Archers. But it doesn’t indicate how good the Green Archers played in the first half or how they were able to give the Falcons a chance for a huge comeback. The Green Archers have played with a much improved sense of urgency, and has been playing better defense and shooting better (at least for this game), let’s just hope that the Green Archers will continue to improve as the season progresses and that they will be in contender’s form by the end of the season.