DE La Salle has buckled down to work for its defense of the UAAP men’s basketball crown.
The Green Archers played their first tune-up game of the year against sister school University of Saint La Salle in a charity event in Bacolod City over the weekend.
La Salle star Jeron Teng suited up for the Green Archers along with Cameroonian center Ben Mbala, the team’s prized recruit from Southwestern University who is still fulfilling residency requirements.
The tune-up came after a five-week training camp to start off La Salle’s preparations for the UAAP and the game was a welcome development for La Salle coach Juno Sauler.
“After five weeks of practicing, players got to feel an actual game environment and took away the monotony of having to practice with the same people,” said Sauler.
The Green Archers beat the Stingers, 71-51, in the exhibition contest.
Sauler also said the Bacolod trip was an opportunity for the team to bond during the offseason.
“It is also a team bonding type of trip because the game was in Bacolod," he said.
The practices and tune-up jumpstarted La Salle’s preparations as the Green Archers seek their second consecutive men’s basketball crown.
La Salle is expected to compete in the Filoil preseason tournament slated sometime next month. So far, Sauler said the Green Archers have not scheduled any training overseas.