La Salle acquired double-doubles from its 1-2 punch Sunday afternoon for an 87-76 win over Far Japanese because the Inexperienced Archers primed themselves up for an early titanic conflict with a hated UAAP males’s basketball rival.
“Clearly, there’s lots of hype, lots of tales behind this. However on the finish of the day, Ateneo’s a worthy rival,” Topex Robinson stated when requested of their 6 p.m. conflict with the Blue Eagles additionally at Mall of Asia Enviornment Wednesday, extra so after the defending champions had been bamboozled by Nationwide U within the inaugurals Saturday.
“Coach Tab is a worthy rival, we’ll at all times compete in opposition to one another and once more, it’s simply a possibility for me to get higher whereas additionally studying from (clashing with) coach Tab and Ateneo,” the rookie La Salle coach added.
“However one factor’s for positive, it’s gonna be an thrilling recreation and I’m simply excited to be part of it.”
Whereas Robinson is worked up taking a look at the remainder of the week, he was simply grateful that he acquired a profitable debut out of the way in which and please the La Salle devoted.
“It’s actually a surreal feeling lastly teaching right here within the UAAP, particularly for DLSU. I’m simply so grateful for the chance to be right here with these fantastic gents right here,” Robinson stated.
“It’s so good to see the followers cheer for us. I imply, we’re simply so grateful to have a bunch of supporters that actually will love you and can hate you on the similar time and that’s a part of it,” Robinson stated. “I imply, strain is at all times gonna be a privilege.”
Close to triple-double
Evan Nelle missed a triple double by simply two rebounds after taking pictures 15 factors and handing out 12 assists, whereas Kevin Quiambao 14 factors and 14 rebounds within the Archers’ spectacular begin.
Quiambao, the Season 85 Rookie of the 12 months, got here to Ateneo’s rescue together with his good playmaking, dishing a flashy bounce cross that led to CJ Austria’s easy layup earlier than a lob that was Mike Phillips completed with a slam for an 86-73 lead with 52.2 second left.
Xyrun Torres led the Tamaraws with 19 factors and was instrumental in serving to Far Japanese come again from a 20-point deficit and make it shut on the finish.
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