Tue. May 21st, 2024

Kevin Quiambao (left) seamlessly boosts the Archers with a terrific effort on each ends.

For a group that’s in prime place to bag a twice-to-beat benefit within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match, La Salle appears to be making use of a happy-go-lucky method.

And coach Topex Robinson, the person chargeable for that tradition, took the trip to clarify.

“We by no means actually are concentrating on the next place (within the Remaining 4). We simply need to continue to grow,” Robinson mentioned after La Salle creamed College of the East (UE), 86-76, driving the power of Kevin Quiambao’s second triple-double and the new fingers of level guard Mark Nonoy at Sensible Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

The Inexperienced Archers bolstered their high 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 sport behind idle joint leaders College of the Philippines and Nationwide College.

La Salle remained undefeated within the second spherical and Quiambao is a giant motive for that after developing with 17 factors, 19 rebounds and 12 assists. These numbers went with 4 steals and two blocks whereas Nonoy accounted for 25 factors.

“Regardless 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 sport and is now on the point of elimination at 4-8.

In the meantime, defending champion Ateneo is aware of the large grind that awaits if the Blue Eagles need to maintain their Remaining 4 hopes alive, this after a decent 62-58 win over Adamson earlier for solo fourth spot heading into their remaining three video games.

‘In our fingers’

“If we [didn’t] win at the moment, I believe we have now to depend on different individuals then,” Tab Baldwin mentioned. “However proper now, our future continues 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 top of the third, Baldwin mentioned, earlier than the momentum shifted again to Ateneo within the payoff interval.

Topex Robinson: Successful is a byproduct of what we’re doing. —PHOTOS BY AUGUST DELA CRUZ

“Actually, there’s a palpable sense of aid in our huddle when the third quarter completed. And that’s scary,” added Baldwin, who additionally admitted to being clueless what went unsuitable together with his crew after halftime.

Ateneo’s composure and changes helped the Eagles take the sport again with a 20-9 output within the remaining 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 components is,” he added after dealing the Hovering Falcons their seventh loss in 12 video games.

Ateneo, which hasn’t had the best season thus far with fluctuating performances, evened its standing once more to 6-6 after eliminating College of Santo Tomas in its final sport.

“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 circumstances if we wished to vary the result,” Baldwin mentioned with the Blue Eagles solely banking on sheer will within the fourth.

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“[We have to] be certain we don’t have a let down and are available out and earn the appropriate to proceed enjoying this season,” Baldwin went on. INQ

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