Green Archers fall to Falcons in PCCL. Officially ends season

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by Brian Lance Guiller Tamayao

The Green Archers failed to advance into the next round of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League after succumbing 56-63 at the hands of the Adamson Falcons earlier today in Cebu City.

Initially though, it was La Salle that took over the game by grabbing an early 15-11 advantage which they even extended to six at 27-21 by halftime.

It is at the start of the third where the Falcons turned the game into a contest as they ignited a 7-2 run that prompted coach Gee Abanilla to call a timeout. The Green Archers ended the third canto ahead 39-34.

Despite the gap, the Falcons refused to give up. Tying the game at 46-all, the UAAP Season 75′s sixth placers wasted no time in taking over the match.

The Falcons snatched the lead before Roider Cabrera sealed the win with his two dagger treys.

Entering this game, La Salle suffered a huge blow as rookie point guard Thomas Torres sprained his ankle that sidelined him alongside LA Revilla, Luigi dela Paz and Mac Tallo.

The loss officially wraps-up the Green Archers’ campaign this year which was highlighted by a 4th-place finish in UAAP Season 75.



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  • johnstockton873

    Makes me wonder what happened this game, we had a better run last PCCL yes? True, we had no true point guard today. But we also didn’t have much PGs to rely on in the UAAP 2nd round except on Thomas (Mac was rarely used while LA was injured), we still did very well though entering the final 4 and giving ADMU a huge scare.
     
    It begs the question, was Jovet, Joshua & Thomas’ loss that huge? Or was it really one of our off days, perhaps tired from the plane ride?
     
    On the bright side, better to learn now and improve on our game while it’s early.

  • Mainman

    Who will be the next recruit of Lasalle next year? We should get either Pinggoy and Lao to fill in the spots.

  • Mainman

    @johnstockton873 Tallo out again? When will Revilla be healthy?

  • Erwin S

    Why are all our PGs injured? weird…

  • greenconscience

    I am worried. We started the year strong with a runner-up finish in the Filoil tourney, made it to the final four of the UAAP (puede na rin),  and we’ll close the year with a forgettable stint in the PCCL. Our only win against the Altas was not something we can be proud of – it was not easy.
    Adamson looks very much composed and confident now. Their 6 game run is a feat considering that their team is now a post-Nuyles squad. Coach Leo has turn around his team very fast. He has transformed his team overnight into a tight, cohesive unit. They will be a contender next year at the UAAP.
    If we are dependent on players who are getting injured, then we are not yet a solid team. We should have a “competitive” team with or without key players. Just imagine if Jeron Teng gets injured…I will not expound further.

  • coolahbear

    To our scouts, please do the utmost to recruit quality players for next season. We still do not have the level of quality that is required to win the league next season. Unless some of our present crop of players undergo massive improvement we will still face a tough season next year.

  • greenconscience

    @coolahbear Bro you hit it right smack on the nail’s head. We are in trouble. I also want to add that we also, sadly, have to let go of some players- with the current team roster i don’t see us winning the title. Unless of course our objective is again – just making the final four. And this is questionable…

  • Erwin S

    @greenconscience
     Adamson is a very disciplined team with a very very good coach in Leo Austria. They adjusted well with the absence of Nuyles. They are a strong team even without African imports.

  • moowjuang

    What we don’t have is outside shots! We NEED outside shooters! Request JV Casio to train them kaya?!

  • Mainman

    @moowjuang Agree with you, but on my end, we need to have pure scorers to relieve Jeron from a 40mins playing time every game. When he’s out LaSalle simply cannot make their own shots. We need a strong back up scorer. For me, vosotros, dela paz, revilla, tampus are all role players.

  • Lenard

    It’s funny to see people overreact on just one loss, with a depleted line-up and in a “meaningless” tournament at that. Even the strongest team, if they miss key players to injury will be vulnerable to their opponent. And it’s not as it talong-talo sila sa Adamson. The Falcons were lucky to make the big shots in the closing minutes of the match. 
     
    And let’s face it, this PCCL is just a minor  tournament. It’s not something that team’s would really give it their best or cry  if they lose. The face that teams chose the option not to play their graduating players shows that they dont take this tournament seriously. So give the team a break, the “REAL” season was already over when they lost to ADMU in the UAAP final 4. This PCCL is just a sideshow.
     
    And finally, Vosotros and Revilla are role players?? Wow!!!!!

  • greenconscience

    @Lenard Well then let’s stop joining “meaningless” tournaments. If it’s a “minor” tournament I wonder why we join it yearly. And if we are not serious about this league how come we became 2008 PCCL champs…let’s just forego this PCCL just like the UNIGAMES (which UE took lightly and stupidly backed out from the championship – giving it to NU in the process via a forfeit).

  • greenconscience

    @Erwin S You are right bro. Next year if we don’t do some adjustments we might be out of the final four. Suerte lang tayo AdU got into trouble early in season 75. UST, NU, FEU &  ADMU are already tough for us…dagdagan mo pa AdU.

  • Lenard

    @greenconscience If they had the option to that, yeah they should skip it! The format of 2008 was way, way better than what it is now. Before, everyone, including the UAAP and NCAA champions had to go through knock-out games to reach the finals. Now, naka seed na sila kaagad sa final 4 while all the lower teams need to go through those wild card matches that are played out-of-town. Yup! the PCCL is crap. The Fil-Oil summer tournament, wherein the team finished 2nd has more prestige than this. 
     
    So if I were you, I would not question the team’s ability to win just because they got knocked out is some side-tournament. Complain all you want if this is the UAAP.

  • moowjuang

    Whether big or small league, the team should treat them seriously. That’s how they will improve their skill. The main concern of the team is their outside shots.

  • greenconscience

    @moowjuang Bro I totally agree with you. It even makes me sadder “if” we join leagues where we don’t intend to give it all which i’m sure our team won’t do. Sometimes because of our intent to energize our team we don’t want constructive suggestions or even criticism. Kaya siguro we are in this position right now – no UAAP title for the last 5 years, beaten to the 5-peat by our arch rivals, no FilOil/ Fr.Martin Cup / UAAP / PCCL title this year….because we are in a state of denial. When we lose there are always apologists for the team.

  • Lenard

    Again stop overanalyzing, Though winning the PCCL is ok, winning the UAAP is all that matters. So let us not overreact if a depleted DLSU team lost to Adamson, a team the Green Archers defeated twice in the UAAP.
    For me, this is not a clear gauge in assessing the team’s fortunes next year since for one, this is still the same line-up that finished 4th in the UAAP. And let us not forget that how this team fought valiantly against the tough teams. Unlike previous years, this team was never blown out even against Ateneo. We almost forced a deciding game against the Eagles if not for Ravena’s spectacular performace towards the end. And have we already fogotten how this team rallied from a double digit deficit to beat FEU in the playoffs?
    If there are people that are in denial, it’s those who are unable to realize that this team is finally headed in the right direction towards again regaining the crown. No more rebuilding excuses unlike the previous seasons. We already have the right core of players to build around with some added recruits. This year we addressed the need for a go-to-guy which the team did not have since JV Casio, we addressed the need for more low post offense, and Im sure the team acknowledges the need for more outside shooting though we are fortunate that Vosotros and Thomas Torres have proven that then can be effective from the perimeter.
    If you to the Ateneo forums, their supporters dont really care about the PCCL or other tournaments since they know the their team’s performance is not a clear reflection of how they will peform in the UAAP. Look, dont they always lose to us in the Fil-Oil summer league but they always dominate us in the UAAP? Because these tournaments are just dry-runs. Even in the PCCL, they did not win it last year but their supporters didnt criticize them unike some guys here. I hate to admit it but they have more intelligent basketball fans than us.
    Dont get me wrong here, I would have loved for DLSU to make it beyond the PCCL but the fact they lost, I wont be worried nor panic. The way this team played last UAAP, I know they are already bound to be successful next year.
    Ill save my comments after UAAP 76

  • Lenard

    Again stop overanalyzing, Though winning the PCCL is ok, winning the UAAP is all that matters. So let us not overreact if a depleted DLSU team lost to Adamson, a team the Green Archers defeated twice in the UAAP.
    For me, this is not a clear gauge in assessing the team’s fortunes next year since for one, this is still the same line-up that finished 4th in the UAAP. And let us not forget that how this team fought valiantly against the tough teams. Unlike previous years, this team was never blown out even against Ateneo. We almost forced a deciding game against the Eagles if not for Ravena’s spectacular performace towards the end. And have we already fogotten how this team rallied from a double digit deficit to beat FEU in the playoffs?
    If there are people that are in denial, it’s those who are unable to realize that this team is finally headed in the right direction towards again regaining the crown. No more rebuilding excuses unlike the previous seasons. We already have the right core of players to build around with some added recruits. This year we addressed the need for a go-to-guy which the team did not have since JV Casio, we addressed the need for more low post offense, and Im sure the team acknowledges the need for more outside shooting though we are fortunate that Vosotros and Thomas Torres have proven that then can be effective from the perimeter.
    If you to the Ateneo forums, their supporters dont really care about the PCCL or other tournaments since they know the their team’s performance is not a clear reflection of how they will peform in the UAAP. Look, dont they always lose to us in the Fil-Oil summer league but they always dominate us in the UAAP? Because these tournaments are just dry-runs. Even in the PCCL, they did not win it last year but their supporters didnt criticize them unike some guys here. I hate to admit it but they have more intelligent basketball fans than us.
    Dont get me wrong here, I would have loved for DLSU to make it beyond the PCCL but the fact they lost, I wont be worried nor panic. The way this team played last UAAP, I know they are already bound to be successful next year.

  • Lenard

    Again stop overanalyzing, Though winning the PCCL is ok, winning the UAAP is all that matters. So let us not overreact if a depleted DLSU team lost to Adamson, a team the Green Archers defeated twice in the UAAP.
    For me, this is not a clear gauge in assessing the team’s fortunes next year since for one, this is still the same line-up that finished 4th in the UAAP. And let us not forget that how this team fought valiantly against the tough teams. Unlike previous years, this team was never blown out even against Ateneo. We almost forced a deciding game against the Eagles if not for Ravena’s spectacular performace towards the end. And have we already fogotten how this team rallied from a double digit deficit to beat FEU in the playoffs?
    If there are people that are in denial, it’s those who are unable to realize that this team is finally headed in the right direction towards again regaining the crown. No more rebuilding excuses unlike the previous seasons. We already have the right core of players to build around with some added recruits. This year we addressed the need for a go-to-guy which the team did not have since JV Casio, we addressed the need for more low post offense, and Im sure the team acknowledges the need for more outside shooting though we are fortunate that Vosotros and Thomas Torres have proven that then can be effective from the perimeter.
    If you to the Ateneo forums, their supporters dont really care about the PCCL or other tournaments since they know the their team’s performance is not a clear reflection of how they will peform in the UAAP. Look, dont they always lose to us in the Fil-Oil summer league but they always dominate us in the UAAP? Because these tournaments are just dry-runs. Even in the PCCL, they did not win it last year but their supporters didnt criticize them unike some guys here. I hate to admit it but they have more intelligent basketball fans than us.
    Dont get me wrong here, I would have loved for DLSU to make it beyond the PCCL but the fact they lost, I wont be worried nor panic. The way this team played last UAAP, I know they are already bound to be successful next year.
    Ill wait after season 76 before i give my crticisms

  • fullcourtpress

    dlsu should have not lost to a much more depleted adamson side!!this is a big letdown for the team,.the team should have blown out adamson,.clearly the team lost focus and maybe underestimated adamson..in any game if u dont bring in ur A-game,anybody can beat anybody..dnt get me wrong but eventhough i graduated from ateneo de naga,,im a die hard dLsu fan since i was in public elementary school..since the tym of jason webb,.i just had high hopes for the team since its successful run in this years uaap..let us not treat the PCCL as a light tournament,.this is where the best of the best face off,.and it would be good for the teams morale and confidince if we advanced to the later stages of the tournament,.i guess what the team shud work on is the mental aspect of the game,the drive,the focus,.its what great teams are made of,.no matter what the tournament they give it their all to win it all!

  • moowjuang

    @Erwin S Because they all have “butter” knees?!

  • Lenard

    ADMU just lost to UST earlier, do we hear any clamors from their supporters to revamp the team? do you hear any of them questioning their players’ hearts and desire to win since they lost? Only LaSallians take the results of this tournament seriously.

  • greenconscience

    “I was thinking that we lost during the UAAP, so it’s time for us to win against Ateneo,” Teng said.
     
    “I want to give Fortuna and Melo (Afuang) a championship, even in the PCCL,” Teng said.
     
    This is the point of it all…heart.

  • Nate Nate

    we were granted a slot because of our final four appearance in the recent UAAP season… if the team decided to skip this invitational tournament, they will be suspended… and we don’t want that to happen again…

  • batangdlsutaft

    We squandered a golden opportunity. Sayang a strong showing would have confirmed our resurgence. Our lineup in this tournament was not depleted AVO, Jeron, Norbert, Vosotros were healthy. Yung ibang injured di naman malaki contribution nila.
    National championship ito kaya di ito small time. It’s either we did not have the fire or…we are really not that good.

  • coolahbear

    Personally, I think all games must be played seriously, whether these are friendlies, exhibition games, low-key tournaments, and even in practices e.g. scrimmages. That is the way to develop a professional mentality, if the ambition is really to become a pro one day. An example here is the seriousness of professional soccer players, who sometime get seriously injured even in practice. Part of having a professional attitude is to take care of one’s self too, i.e. staying healthy, practicing more hours than most and taking precautions against injuries. These are some of the formulas GREAT players have. We have good players in our team, but hardly one you can call GREAT!

  • Nel

    @coolahbear 
    Let’s not forget that our players are students first and athletes second. Their La Sallian education comes first.

  • coolahbear

    @Nel that is why I qualified my statement with “if the ambition is really to become a pro one day.”

  • batangdlsutaft

    @Lenard UST and Ateneo will duel for the PCCL championship plum. They went all out for this league even if they are already the champs and runners up in the UAAP.  Our team should have treated this contest seriously. Why are many LaSallians concerned? All the support (moral/financial etc.) are skewed to the basketball team/s. Our other athletes are champions in their respective events and yet they don’t get as much attention/resources. You keep on harping that we are “overanalyzing”. Let me just say that the community just wants us to win. Period. How complicated can that be?

  • blogren

    @Nel  @coolahbear
     ano yun itanim natin ngayon sa kanila, yun din ang aanihin natin bukas….kung ok lang maging inconsistent sila sa maliit…so ano sila sa malaki? consistent?….logic is also a giude of our actions….kaya nagka 5peat ang kalaban natin kasi halos dinhi nahakot nila ang sinabi nating maliliit na mga tournaments….kaya huwag tayong mangarap na bukaw ay tayo na mag 5 or 6 or 10peat…baka REpeat ka mo….

  • blogren

    ano yun itanim natin ngayon sa kanila, yun din ang aanihin natin bukas….kung ok lang maging inconsistent sila sa maliit…so ano sila sa malaki? consistent?….logic is also a guide of our actions….kaya nagka 5peat ang kalaban natin kasi halosi nahakot nila ang sinabi nating maliliit na mga tournaments….kaya huwag tayong mangarap na bukas ay tayo na mag 5 or 6 or 10peat…baka REpeat ka mo….

  • blogren

    @Lenard
     ano tong kahabahaba mong homily dito, hindi ba to OVER analyzing, may history pa nga… ganin pa rin, ok lang ba mag inconsistent sila ngayon kaso sa UAAP maging consistent sila…anong klaseng logic at disiplina yan…

  • blogren

    @batangdlsutaft  @Lenard
     sila pa yun may mga korona na..sila pa ang may sikap at tiyaga….in baskeball, consistency is the name of the game….

  • Erwin S

    yes, we should definitely treat our games seriously, for me, as I’ve always said, just as long as the boys give their 100% in their games then we shouldn’t complain. They gave it their best shot, if we still lose, then so be it, congrats to the winner.

  • Erwin S

    Venturing a little off the topic, Jeric Teng’s attitude is quite admirable, I’ve learned that he said that since they (UST) weren’t able to win the UAAP title, he would at least like to give the school a title even if it’s  ‘only’ in the PCCL. Kudos to him!

  • religiomorescultura

    Is this not a mini-collapse of sorts? I don’t have confidence with the team yet. From a scale of 1 to 10 – at best I’ll give them a 5 1/2. Confidence is OK but underestimating our competition is a mortal sin. Not one of our best efforts.

  • batangdlsutaft

    Congratulations to the UST Growling Tigers for winning the 2012 PCCL.
    The final tally this year – ADMU (FMC & UAAP Champions), NU (Filoil & Unigames Champions), UST (PCCL Champions)…notice that these three teams are the top 3 UAAP teams. For our boys…no championships:-(

  • religiomorescultura

    Coach Pido and his staff deserves the credit jointly with Jeron Teng and the Tigers. They are a mature team now. Our team should have realized that making it in the PCCL would have  done a lot of good physically , mentally, and psychologically for  the green archers/community. Today they have to win my respect….at the moment it’s way down there for me personally – both coaching staff and players.

  • greenconscience

    Let me be blunt, we are an OVERRATED team. All bark and no bite. Good in paper but leaves much to be desired in actual play. Next year? ADMU will NOT be our hurdle, it would be UST, NU, FEU and AdU. If we want things to happen then the time to act is now.

  • batangdlsutaft

    @greenconscience Sir you failed to mention UE remember they also made good in the UNIGAMES. I watched them and in my opinion they had a crack at the championship if only they stayed on.  Baka nga UP lang talaga ang sure win natin.

  • Nel

    @religiomorescultura , batangdlsutaft and greenconscience,
     
    Perhaps you should just use one nick, since you obviously are the same poster (that’s very apparent to us). You seem to have an entirely different agenda which reminds us of of a former member of our sister site APCom (who was subsequently banned). He tried the same thing here using various alternicks, and we smoked him out.
     
    If you’re so negative about the team, to the extent of trying to create the impression that there are many of you (multiple personalities, maybe?) who share the same sentiment, perhaps PEX is a better site for  you.
     
    This is a warning, and future attempts to create a “disgruntled mob” impression will be deleted.

  • Nel

    @batangdlsutaft  @greenconscience 
     
    BTW, it’s so amusing how you reply to your original post using another nick just 4 minutes after you made the first post. Really now!!!