MANILA, Philippines—After considered one of La Salle’s preseason championships in Davao, Francis Escandor approached Mike Phillips and instructed him phrases that he would carry transferring ahead.
“Malayo na pero malayo pa.” (We’ve come a great distance however we have now a protracted strategy to go.)
After the Inexperienced Archers’ large win in opposition to Ateneo within the second spherical of the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event, Phillips bared that Escandor’s phrases resonated with him even after the essential win that put them in prime place for a twice-to-beat benefit.
“Malayo na pero malayo pa. So we nonetheless have a protracted strategy to go. It was a fantastic sport at the moment going in opposition to our rivals, I ran out of vitality however they had been drained too. They fought laborious and so nicely and I give credit score to Ateneo for giving us such a tricky, powerful win and hopefully we are able to use this momentum after we get to the Ultimate 4,” mentioned Phillips after their 72-69 win over the Blue Eagles at Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.
“I’m nonetheless making an attempt to study Tagalog and phrases like these simply encapsulate a lot in just some phrases… That form of caught with me. Each time you hear phrases like these and Kobe’s ‘job’s not completed,’ I simply love seeing that mindset, that simply rubs off on me.”
Phillips—along with his newfound proverb in hand—fueled La Salle to its eighth straight win with a double-double of 10 factors and 14 rebounds.
The 6-foot-10 massive man, although, is aware of that their sizzling streak shouldn’t be a cause for them to have their egos inflated. In any case, “malayo na pero malayo pa” applies to them with the last word objective of successful the title nonetheless far-off.
“Even with this [second round] sweep, I don’t need us to be boastful however simply to remain humble and simply actually do our half in staying prepared for whoever we’ll face.”
The Inexperienced Archers completed No. 2 within the Ultimate 4 race with a twice-to-beat benefit after the highest three placings have been determined on the finish of the elimination spherical on Sunday.
They are going to face Nationwide College, which wound up third seed, armed with a win-once bonus.
However even earlier than La Salle came upon whom it should face within the Ultimate 4, which begins on November 25, Philips mentioned the group has been getting ready for the hardest situation.
“That’s one of many hardest issues within the UAAP. Everybody can play and so they’re at that degree however like coach [Topex Robinson] says, it’s laborious to inform who we’ll face,” he mentioned.
“What we are able to do is be as prepared as we are able to. We performed every group twice now however you all know that in terms of the Ultimate 4, iba talaga (it’s totally different).”