DE La Salle coach Juno Sauler admitted his team had to make difficult adjustments on its game plan after learning that University of the East center Charles Mammie has been cleared to play at the last minute.
UE got a reprieve when the UAAP board decided to downgrade the suspension of Charles Mammie from two games to one on Wednesday, allowing the Sierra Leonean center to play for the Red Warriors against the Green Archers.
Fortunately, the Green Archers still came out as winners, pulling off a 75-65 victory in overtime despite the 11-point, 20-rebound effort of Mammie.
Sauler said that they had to adjust quickly with the presence of Mammie.
“It was very difficult. We practiced two games. Our game plan going into the game is based on the personnel we were expecting,” said Sauler.
“Of course, our defensive game plan was focused on something else, then all of a sudden, an hour before, we have to change our mindset,” he added.
“Some might get it, some might not, then the whole thing screws up,” said Sauler.
Nevertheless, the La Salle coach was glad that the Green Archers were up to the challenge.
“They were able to adjust given the time we had to talk about our game plan in the dugout. We were still able to pull it off,” said Sauler.
Not surprisingly, Sauler is braced for more surprises in La Salle’s next game against National University on Sunday.
“I don’t know, maybe an hour before, they might change players,” said Sauler in jest.