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Byrd on La Salle’s terrible loss to FEU: ‘We just came out flat’
by Niel Victor Masoy, October 20, 2019 3:42pm
De La Salle University (DLSU) active coaching consultant Jermaine Byrd said the Green Archers’ frustrating 60-81 loss to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws Sunday was just basically a byproduct of them being listless.
“We just came out flat man, we just came out flat, we just came out flat,” rued the American bench tactician post-game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
La Salle came out flat, indeed, as the Tamaraws jumped on the Green Archers and unleashed a 27-11 first quarter assault - setting up their demolition of the Taft-based squad for the rest of the way.
Byrd also lamented La Salle’s poor ball movement as the loss saw the Green Archers notched 10 assists only.
“We didn’t have any ball movement. We only have 10 assists. For us, we’re leading the league in assists and that’s just not how we play,” remarked Byrd.
La Salle also played terrible defense in the contest, allowing FEU to make 33 of its 61 shot attempts (54.1 percent), including 13-of-29 (44.83 percent) from beyond the arc.
“There’s no communication,” Byrd said of the Archers’ defense.
“I think our offense probably dictated our defense. We didn’t have a great offensive performance but credit to their defense. I thought… they seemed like they make every shot, open shots. Our thought our defense was a little soft and we came out flat,” he added.
With the loss, La Salle dropped to a 5-6 win-loss card and slid to the fifth spot of the team standings with just three games left in its elimination campaign.
Despite that, Byrd still likes the Archers’ chances of making the Final Four.
“We still feel good. We just got to win every game. I mean we still feel good, we still have three games left and we just got to win.”
La Salle is set to face the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers on October 23. After that, the Archers take on the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons on October 27, and the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons on October 30.
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