UAAP Season 82 Preview: Why La Salle Will Have A Succesful Redemption
Key Holdovers:, Aljun Melecio, Andrei Caracut, Justine Baltazar, and Encho Serrano
Key Additions: Joel Cagulangan, Joshua David, Tyrus Hill, Kurt Lojera,and Jordan Bartlett
Key Losses: Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan, Jollo Go, Mark Dyke, and Taane Samuel
Gone are the days were the La Salle Green Archers would easily dominate their competitions.
However, the Green Archers still have plethora of recruits and veterans that they could parade this Season 82.
The Taft-based squad still remembers their failure to secure a Final Four spot after they fail to beat the FEU Tamaraws for the fourth spot, and they aim to use that as a motivation to orchestrate their “Redemption Tour”.
Two years ago, La Salle purely relied on their dominant center Ben Mbala, but now they have to trust on their point guards.
Fortunately, Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut could both carry the load on the offensive end, especially last season when both of them had some big moments.
Despite the departure of their fellow MontCarMel member Kib Montalbo, they could surely count on NCAA Season 94 Juniors MVP Joel Cagulangan who is known for his explosiveness and playmaking skills in high school.
La Salle community should be excited with their newcomers who decided to don the green and white jersey.
Everyone should set their eyes on Jordan Bartlett, the former NU gunner who defeated UP’s Kobe Paras in UAAP 1X1 Tournament last year.
Also in the radar are former Adamson standouts Tyrus Hill and Kurt Lojera who both oozes with potentials and athleticism.
The Green Archers were poised as one of the top contenders last year, if it wasn’t for the crucial losses that that cost them their trip to the Final Four stage.
This time, La Salle had their full revamp not just on their roster but also with the coaching staffs where Gian Nazario was named — as La Salle’s head coach while Jermaine Byrd serves as the team’s active consultant.
With that, La Salle may have put some of the pieces together without changing the overall core of the team. Rest assured, La Salle will not back down until they claim the Final Four spot again.