LA SALLE finally got a much-needed break after stringing up 12 straight victories in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Over the weekend, the undefeated Green Archers had their team building at Pradera Verde in Lubao, Pampanga for rest and recreation, as well as to savor the moment of this long winning run.
When the tournament resumes on Saturday after a 10-day Halloween break, La Salle will go back in the grind and face bitter rival Ateneo -- one of the two remaining stumbling blocks on its quest for an outright passage in the best-of-three Finals.
With a possible perfect season looming, Archers coach Aldin Ayo said he wants his troops to take things one game at a time as the Taft-based cagers are training their sights on the third-running Blue Eagles.
If it beats Ateneo, La Salle will play defending champion Far Eastern University on Nov. 12 for the automatic berth in the championship round.
The Archers hope to learn the lessons of 2002, where they won the first 13 matches only to lose to the Blue Eagles in the final day of eliminations. Ateneo eventually ended La Salle’s four-year reign in that year.
Living up to their pre-season billing, the Archers are the league’s top offensive team, averaging 90.8 points per game, while holding down their foes to 72.7 points per game, thanks to Ayo’s “mayhem” defense on the floor.