For a crew that’s in prime place to bag a twice-to-beat benefit within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event, La Salle appears to be making use of a happy-go-lucky strategy.
And coach Topex Robinson, the person liable for that tradition, took the trip to elucidate.
“We by no means actually are concentrating on a better place (within the Ultimate 4). We simply need to continue to grow,” Robinson mentioned after La Salle creamed College of the East (UE), 86-76, using the power of Kevin Quiambao’s second triple-double and the new fingers of level guard Mark Nonoy at Good Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.
The Inexperienced Archers bolstered their prime two probabilities with their sixth straight win, and Robinson believes that that is only a byproduct of the brand new perspective they’ve ever since he took over earlier than the season.
“Since Day 1, we talked about operating our personal race. What’s vital for us is to construct a tradition that successful is gonna be the byproduct of what we’re doing,” he mentioned after his Archers rose to 9-3, only a full recreation behind idle joint leaders College of the Philippines and Nationwide College.
La Salle remained undefeated within the second spherical and Quiambao is an enormous purpose for that after arising with 17 factors, 19 rebounds and 12 assists. These numbers went with 4 steals and two blocks whereas Nonoy accounted for 25 factors.
“Irrespective of the place we find yourself after the elimination, we’re gonna be OK so long as we carry on having fun with one another’s firm and the sport,” Robinson went on.
“If ever [a playoff bonus] lands on our laps, we’ll be OK. If we find yourself within the No. 3, we’ll all the time be OK.”UE misplaced for the second straight recreation and is now on the point of elimination at 4-8.
In the meantime, defending champion Ateneo is aware of the big grind that awaits if the Blue Eagles need to maintain their Ultimate 4 hopes alive, this after a decent 62-58 win over Adamson earlier for solo fourth spot heading into their ultimate three video games.
‘In our fingers’
“If we [didn’t] win right this moment, I feel we’ve to depend on different individuals then,” Tab Baldwin mentioned. “However proper now, our future remains to be in our personal fingers and that’s the place you wanna maintain ‘em.”
The one factor that clicked for the Blue Eagles was the clock that signaled the tip of the third, Baldwin mentioned, earlier than the momentum shifted again to Ateneo within the payoff interval.
“Actually, there’s a palpable sense of reduction in our huddle when the third quarter completed. And that’s scary,” added Baldwin, who additionally admitted to being clueless what went mistaken along with his crew after halftime.
Ateneo’s composure and changes helped the Eagles take the sport again with a 20-9 output within the ultimate interval after giving up a 38-29 benefit at halftime.
“It’s clearly psychological, not bodily. And if it’s psychological, it’s fixable. We simply have to determine what that formulation is,” he added after dealing the Hovering Falcons their seventh loss in 12 video games.
Ateneo, which hasn’t had the best season up to now with fluctuating performances, evened its standing once more to 6-6 after eliminating College of Santo Tomas in its final recreation.
“Did we do something particular within the fourth quarter? No. We simply appeared up the rating board and we’re down seven. We simply knew we needed to actually dig in and alter our situations if we needed to vary the end result,” Baldwin mentioned with the Blue Eagles solely banking on sheer will within the fourth.
“[We have to] ensure we don’t have a let down and are available out and earn the correct to proceed taking part in this season,” Baldwin went on. INQ