La Salle's emphatic win over UST gives Ayo chance to experiment with lineup
Ben Mbala is all smiles as he is joined by Abu Tratter, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, and Mark Dyke on the floor for the Green Archers. Jerome Ascano

LA SALLE showed once again its versatility after the Green Archers fielded an unconventional 'all-black' lineup on Sunday afternoon against University of Santo Tomas.

Deep in the fourth quarter with the result of the game all but settled, the Green Archers had Ben Mbala, Abu Tratter, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, and Mark Dyke — a mix of first and second stringers in the lineup.

The unconventional five hardly let up as the Green Archers were able to maintain their big lead before pulling off a 99-56 win over the Growling Tigers - which represents their biggest winning margin of the season.

Tratter admitted the lineup that head coach Aldin Ayo employed late in the game has always been in their mind, but they never thought that it would be experimented on by the La Salle coach during the game.

“We have been thinking of it for a while. But it shows the versatility of our coach. There is no limit,” said Tratter.

[See La Salle routs UST, stay on target for season sweep]

Nevertheless, the fielding of that unusual lineup, a mix of La Salle’s array of big man without a natural point guard, once again proved the depth of the team.

“It was definitely a strategic move that we have that option for coach to do. It not only showed what he has but it shows the versatility,” said Tratter, who finished with four points and 10 rebounds in the game.

Sargent, one of the second stringers in the Green Archers lineup, said it was emphasized that their role was to sustain the level of play of the first group.

“Basically, we just want everybody to pick up what the first group left off. There is no in between. It’s mayhem,” Sargent said.

“It doesn’t matter who is in the game,” added Sargent, who had four points and three rebounds in the contest.


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