UAAP Season 73 | Game Preview: UE Red Warriors vs DLSU Green Archers | Round 1
The UE Red Warriors and the DLSU Green Archers are both aiming to bounce back from their painful defeat, as they’ll go against each other at the PhilSports Arena this coming July 17.
Looking Back: The main discussion on what happened with the UE Red Warriors against UST was Paul Lee’s lame performance inside the court. There has been plenty of questions about Paul Lee’s injury he obtained during their preseason training in the US. And, his game against UST, all those questions were answered. Paul Lee isn’t 100% in good condition to play the usual minutes he normally did in the past. But still he must be praise with his effort, he was eager to give his best even though his foot was aching throughout the game.
Another bad note was the problem of the Red Warriors in the forward-center position, with the exception of Kenneth Acibar of course. Maybe, Sam Razon and Garrick Ayala were both nervious that they haven’t delivered what the community are hoping from them.
Moving Forward: Forcing a one-legged player to run inside the court will never give a fair result to the Red Warriors’ better production and more importantly to Paul Lee’s health. With Paul Lee’s condition, Coach Lawrence Chongson and his coaching staff should make a better rotation in the guard position, lessening Paul Lee’s minutes and let other to step-up and prove their worth in the team.
0n the other hand, the players in foward position especially Sam Razon, Erwin Duran, and Garrick Ayala should be more aggresive at the paint for higher fieldgoal percentage; and to ease up the tight perimeter defense for much easier look beyond-the-arc.
Another thing to focus is the Red Warriors free throw problem. In their game against UST, they only made 10 free throw shots on 28 attempts. Regarding with their turnover output, the 14 turnovers they had are still acceptable and expected slowly to trimmed down as the tournament progress.
Prediction: Coach Dindo Pumaren and the DLSU squad, armed with the usual Pumaren system are ready to boost their campaign to get back in the Final 4 elite. The Green Archers has momentum on their side after an impressive win against UP, but succumbed to NU last July 17, and now in the haunt for their 2nd win before going against their bitter rival Ateneo on July 24. While the UE Red Warriors are still gunning for their 1st win, before setting a match against FEU on the much awaited Battle of the East rivalry.
The UE Red Warriors should be on the look out for Coach Pumaren’s familiar 3rd quarter blitz. Most likely, the winner of the 3rd quarter will have the higher chances of winning this game (i.e NU vs DLSU, July 15).
Having a more veteran line-up in the guard position the Red Warriors are expected to handle the leather very well against a pesky full court press from a younger DLSU counterpart. And, during the past seasons when the Red Warriors were doing their own version of a press it has produce better result. So hopefully, this will be a tight defense-oriented game for UE as well.
The match between James Martinez and Simon Atkins will be a good thing to watch, both captians of their respective squad, this will be a classic match in the point guard position. James Martinez is back to prove that he’s ready to navigate the Red and White squad, while Simon Atkins is persistent to continue his good performance.
The player who will handle the ball better; who will give a better ball rotation, and, who will shoot better beyond-the-arc will have an extra edge in this game.
0n the other line-up, more exposure are expected for Kenneth Acibar, Adrian Santos, and Biboy Enguio to match up against DLSU’s athletic big men. Definitely, DLSU has an edge on this with the guys like Maui Villanueva, Yutien Andrada, and Jovet Mendoza. The Red Warriors should not be complecent against them (So remember Mr. Kenneth Acibar, one alley-hoop dunk is not enough to win a game) because the Green Archers are young, motivated, and dangerous.
Overall, the UE Red Warriors are the much hungrier team.