MANILA, Philippines - After a tepid start and a red-hot finish, the De La Salle Green Archers find themselves at the cusp of victory — a 3rd and last Finals game against the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.
It's La Salle's first Finals appearance since 2008 while it's the Growling Tigers' second straight Finals ticket in the UAAP.
As the Tigers enforce a closed-door policy leading to Game 3, how are the Green Archers and head coach Juno Sauler getting ready?
Sauler says it's about preparing his boys to face whatever strategy UST employs on Saturday. "Hopefully they can make those reads and adjust during the game day itself," says Sauler, who took over head coaching duties just 3 weeks before the season started.
Rappler sits down with the Sauler days before Game 3 to talk about La Salle's Game 3 preps, the season so far, how he inspires his team, and why when it comes to basketball — he puts a premium on brains over brawn.
Watch the interview here: