UAAP: Schonny Winston, La Salle just ‘desperate’ to win against Ateneo

    La Salle's Schonny Winston vs Ateneo's Ange Kouame.

La Salle’s Schonny Winston vs Ateneo’s Ange Kouame. Tristan Tamayo’s photo /

MANILA, Philippines – Schonny Winston didn’t let a goalless first half dampen his desire to help La Salle get their first win over Ateneo in five years.

After being held to a goalless draw for the first 10 minutes, the Filipino-American keeper went on the offensive in the last three quarters and finished with 25 points, strong La Salle’s 83-78 victory beat Ateneo in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament.

“In the first quarter, Coach Tab was the bigger coach. He comes up with defensive options to block what we do best. I just sit down, look at the game, see how they’re playing against us, take a step back and see how I can be effective,” said Winston, who shot 10-21 from the field and had six fruits. assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Winston went all out during the payback period, drilling massive mid-range jumps that kept the Green Archers afloat during the horrendous times to claim their second straight win in three games and the school’s first win before. Blue Eagles since Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Finals in 2017.

“After that, I just tried to do whatever it took to get the team to win,” he said.

Fresh graduate Winston knows how much his team wants to win against their fierce opponents after seven consecutive losses, so he is determined to do all the right things to help them.

“It’s definitely a match we’ve had on our schedule for a long time, so I’m just trying to do everything I can to win. Get a few more rebounds this time because they’re a bigger team. I had to rush in and crash the board, but we all just wanted to win big in this game,” Winston said.

Pumaren is pleased to see the progress of Winston and his team a few months after their first season together, when they were not prepared enough, to lose all of their games to Ateneo in the qualifiers. and suffered a heartbreaking demise in front of the University of the Philippines. – the death game in the Final Four Season 84.

“Last season, we didn’t really know each other. That was the first time we met Deschon, the first time he saw me, some of these people I only saw in a bubble and so getting to know each other better. We only had a complete squad on February 14, I remember that and on March 26 we played,” said Pumaren.

“That’s the difference. Although there was a short period of time (preparing for this season), we were able to capitalize on that, being busy in pre-season and at least we could see what we had. made so far. “

Finally, after overcoming the specter of their team’s past defeats, Winston and the Green Archers are still hungry for more achievement this season as they look to energize themselves against the University of the East on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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