ANTIPOLO -- La Salle active consultant Jermaine Byrd absolutely hated the effort La Salle showed in its 81-60 defeat to Far Eastern University on Saturday.
"Just no communication," the American mentor rued. "I thought we let our offense dictate our defense. We didn’t have a good offensive performance so it carried over to our defense."
The Green Archers looked far from the squad which won three of their last four outings as they allowed the Tamaraws to have their way all-game long.
FEU shot a fiery 54-percent from the field, including a 13-of-29 clip from downtown as it dished out 19 assists in the win.
Compare that to La Salle's anemic 32-percent field goal shooting, and Byrd knew that his team was in trouble.
"They seem like they made every shot that they shot, and I thought our defense was soft and I thought we came out flat and we didn’t have any ball movement," he rued, with the Green Archers only assisting on 10 shots, a far cry from their league-high average of 16.5 dimes per contest.
"That is not how we play."
As horrifying as La Salle's game was against FEU, Byrd remains defiant as he feels that his side, sitting at 5-6 in the standings, still has what it takes to make it to the UAAP Season 82 Final Four.
The Green Archers have UST next on Wednesday, before wrapping up their schedule against UP and Adamson.
"We still feel good," he said. "We just got to win every game. We still have three games left. We just got to win."