Sauler: Ferrer killed us
MANILA, Philippines — After De La Salle University’s stinging one-point loss to University of Santo Tomas in Game 1 of the UAAP Finals, expect coach Juno Sauler to put the clamps on Kevin Ferrer.
On Wednesday, October 2, it was the 6-foot-4 forward who dealt the Green Archers the heavy blows as he top-scored in the game with 20 points, shooting 5 of 8 from downtown on top of 6 rebounds as he led the Tigers one step closer to the Season 76 crown.
Although Jeric Teng scored 7 of his 17 points in the final period to keep the Archers at bay, the first-time La Salle coach admitted that it was Ferrer who ‘killed’ them.
“We’re okay with Jeric. I think it was Ferrer who killed us,” Sauler said. “Jeric shot 36 percent in the two-point area I can live with that but the 62 percent of Ferrer from 3 is what killed us.”
The loss also snapped La Salle’s 9-game winning streak as UST continues their dramatic season comeback, having to go through 3 do-or-die games this season that included two historic wins against National University in the semis.
Ferrer, after coming out big against the Bulldogs in the Final Four, started hot against La Salle as he tallied 14 points in the first 20 minutes on perfect shooting from everywhere. But it was his clutch three-pointer with 41 seconds remaining that mattered most because it gave UST a 73-69 cushion late.
“We need to take away those shots of Ferrer and get good shots to increase our field goal shooting,” said Sauler.
On Saturday, October 5, La Salle will be bent to stop Ferrer and even the series to live another day and get a shot at the UAAP crown. - Rappler.com