THE schedule may work in favor of La Salle as coach Gee Abanilla bids to turn things around for the school as the race to the UAAP Final Four enters the final stretch.
The Archers, who slipped outside the top four after a 62-72 loss to National University on Sunday, face third-ranked Far Eastern University on Sunday and Adamson, a team out of the running for the Final Four, on September 20.
Fourth-ranked NU, meanwhile, have tougher assignments against four-time defending champion Ateneo on Thursday before its board-mandated rematch with FEU on September 23.
“A must-win situation for us,” said Abanilla in an interview with The LaSallian. “I think we still like our chances if we do things right. We (must) hurdle the last two games, FEU and Adamson, (then) we’re still going to be fine.”
In case of a tie for the fourth spot, a playoff game will be held to determine the last semifinalist.
Abanilla knows the Green Archers can’t afford to take things lightly in the final stretch of the elimination round, even the low-flying Adamson Falcons. The Archers weren’t very sharp in a 56-52 squeaker over the Falcons and were edged by the Tamaraws 48-46 in the first round.
NU, on the other hand, will look to exact revenge against the Blue Eagles, who scored a huge 89-65 victory in their first-round encounter.
The Bulldogs won their first-round game against the Tamaraws 61-57 but their second-round match, which ended in FEU's favor, 77-75, was ordered replayed by the board due to a controversial last-gasp basket by RR Garcia.