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    Juno Sauler rues flat start by La Salle gave UP Maroons a boost in confidence

    Sep 9, 2015

    LA Salle coach Juno Sauler tried to put their stunning loss to University of the Philippines behind them, stressing the Green Archers need to put in a better effort in a big game against Far Eastern University this weekend.

    The soft-spoken mentor admitted the team failed to match the intensity of the Fighting Maroons especially in the second period when the Taft-based school was outscored, 14-25, to trail at the half, 41-28.

    By the time the Archers were finally able to regain their bearings, the Fighting Maroons had the opposition all figured it out as they managed to fend off a late La Salle charge, 71-66.

    “They gained the confidence they needed,” said Sauler. “We could have started the game better.”

    [See UP Maroons are unlikely leaders after bringing down La Salle]

    La Salle dropped to an even 1-1 card and lost to UP for the first time in six years.

    “(We are still) very, very far off,” he added.

    La Salle’s loss came two days after scoring a hard-earned 67-63 win over defending champion National University.

    Sauler said he is only glad the team will have three days to prepare for unebaten FEU on Sunday in a game to be played at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    “We need to correct a lot of things. We need to put a good game plan against FEU and make sure the players are ready. It’s a good thing we have three days to prepare for FEU,” said Sauler.

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