THREE games into their title-retention drive, La Salle's Green Archers can't seem to find the target.
But the last thing Juno Sauler wants to see is for the Archers to stop firing.
The Green Archers are dead last in three-point shooting in the young UAAP season so far, converting only 13 of their 68 attempts (19 percent) from behind the arc. Overall, the reigning champions stand sixth in field goal shooting with an 81-of-215 clip.
The atrocious shooting became even worse on Wednesday when the Green Archers missed all of their 16 shots from threes with top gun Almond Vosotros failing to convert any of his nine attempts.
Unlike in the first two losses of the season, the misses didn’t cost the Archers as they finally snapped out of an early-season funk with a 57-55 win over National University at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Despite the cold shooting, Sauler encourages his wards to keep taking good shots.
“We just have to keep on working on our shots in practice. We didn’t score from the three-pointer. Almond was 0-for-9. But that’s how he plays," said the La Salle coach.
“He made those shots last year. I can’t take that away from Almond. They just have to keep on working on their shots. Kib Montalbo had a few open jumpers but those are good shots. I have to make my players keep on taking those,” said Sauler.
The Green Archers, now 1-2 (win-loss), returns to action on Sunday against unbeaten University of the East, which incidentally leads the league three-point efficiency at 41 percent (17-of-41).
Still, Sauler is confident the shots will eventually fall for the Green Archers.
“Hopefully, if we keep on working those in practices, they’ll eventually go in during games,” he said.