Juno Sauler on La Salle's anemic start against lowly UP:
“I think some of our guys weren’t ready to play," said coach Juno Sauler despite La Salle's 86-65 win over University of the Philippines. Jerome Ascano

DE La Salle coach Juno Sauler found the team’s anemic start to its game against University of the Philippine `unacceptable’ despite pulling off a win in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

The Green Archers extended their winning run to seven games on Saturday by routing the Maroons, 86-65, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The reigning champions, however, were noticeably struggling to find their usual form as they couldn’t put the Maroons away and only led 40-31 at halftime.

It was only in the second half when the Archers pulled away behind several scoring runs.

“I think some of our guys weren’t ready to play,” Sauler said after the game. “They weren’t focused to what we want to achieve.”

“We can’t afford to start this way especially with the lack of mental concentration. It’s unacceptable,” said Sauler.

The La Salle coach can only hope the Archers’ slow start doesn’t have to do facing a lowly team in the Maroons, who only won one game this season.

“I don’t know the reason. I hope it’s not because of it,” he said.

Sauler said it was the bench guys, specifically Abu Tratter who gave a big lift to the Archers in the game during the third quarter. Tratter only played seven minutes but had seven points and four rebounds.

“Our energy level was really low. Abu gave us a lot of energy that rubbed off to the other players,” Sauler.

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