JERON Teng believes De La Salle’s season is in good hands with Juno Sauler as head coach.
Although Sauler was appointed to the position just three weeks before the start of UAAP Season 76, the sophomore guard pointed out that one advantage of Sauler is that he’s been with the team last year as assistant coach to Gee Abanilla.
“Si coach Juno, kahit nung assistant coach pa lang siya, we know that he is really a good coach. He is a smart coach,” said Teng of Sauler, a former Green Archer who took over the job after Abanilla was hired to call the shots for Petron in the PBA.
Asked to compare Sauler with Abanilla, Teng replied, “Hirap magsabi dahil one full year ako with coach Gee. Coach Juno is just in his second game in the UAAP. It’s hard to tell.”
However, last year’s Rookie of the Year admitted the Archers are still a work in progress under Sauler - and that was obvious in their first game together when they lost in overtime to University of Santo Tomas, 63-58.
“It was the first game, may first game jitters pa. Siguro, we are still getting used to the new system of coach Juno,” said Teng.
For his part, Sauler said he’s trying to be patient with the Archers as he continues to inject a new system on the fly.
Sauler said it has been a continuing process for the Green Archers of learning new plays early in the season. He also hopes the team will be more fluid by the time the second round comes around.
“We will be adding stuff and keep on improving on what we are doing,” said Sauler. “Hopefully, by the time the second round comes in, everything I want to put in will be there.”
“It will always be hard to grasp, understand, and put in too much. Once they started getting one thing, we might add another,” said Sauler.
After winning their first game Wednesday against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 96-84, the Green Archers will be up against archrival Ateneo on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.