Del Rosario blames inexperience in Altas' meltdown
Mark Escarlote on Jul 23, 2015 07:01 PM
Kapag beterano hindi mo pupuwedeng magulat sa ganoong trap na depensa nila pero kapag ganyan na maraming bago (na players) ayan nagugulat sila sa depensa --- Perpetual coach Aric Del Rosario
There's no stopping Letran's full court press.
The choking - and most of the time frustrating - defense claimed its fifth victim in University of Perpetual Help on Thursday in the battle of undefeated heavyweights.
It was another display of defensive mayhem unleashed by the smaller wards of coach Aldin Ayo feeding on the Altas' 27 errors to remain unscathed in five outings to hold the reign in the standings.
“Hindi na ako nag-sermon (sa locker room) kasi talo. Baka bukas na lang siguro pag-uusapan namin ang mga pagkakamali namin,” said Perpetual coach Aric Del Rosario after Perpetual suffered its first setback in the 91st NCAA men’s basketball competition, 71-79, after a 4-0 start.
It was Letran’s disruptive type of defense that took the fight out of Perpetual, who gave away 25 markers out of turnovers.
Getting the ball up obviously with two to three defenders throwing bodies at ball handlers sapped the energy out of the Altas, who slid to second spot tied with their next opponent and another Letran victim five-time defending champion San Beda Red Lions.
“Rookie e. Hindi sanay sa ganoon. Yung apat hindi magkakamali tapos yung isa magkakamali, di ba?” Del Rosario added. “Malaking bagay yun. Minsan amin na ang bola tapos maagaw pa.”
“Pwede ring nagulat ang team. Pero kasi sinabi naman namin sa kanila (sa practice) na ito ang gagawin natin,” said Del Rosario.
The 75-year-old mentor said that he has seen different types of defensive presses in his long career but based on his experience he has one suspect to Perpetual’s meltdown
“Na-encounter ko na ang mga depensa na yan kaya lang kumporme sa mga players mo yan,” he said. “Kapag beterano hindi mo pupuwedeng magulat sa ganoong trap na depensa nila pero kapag ganyan na maraming bago (na players) ayan nagugulat sila sa depensa.”
With Letran’s defense, the usually productive Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie was limited to only seven points with reigning Most Valuable Player Earl Scottie Thompson toiling for 22 points for Perpetual.
Ayo put their defensive game plan as a simple play-under-our-game strategy.
“Ilagay ang laro sa laro namin,” said the mastermind of full court madness and mayhem. “We have to dictate na ilagay ang bilis and ilagay ang tempo sa style ng laro namin.”
And they did. They definitely did.
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