Batiller says Warriors respected Ateneo, FEU, and DLSU too much

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 27, 2015 06:53 PM
Batiller says UE respected Ateneo, FEU, and DLSU too much
LICKING HIS WOUNDS. Edson Batiller is taking all the blame for UE's three-game slide.

Following a hopeful 2-1 start in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament,  University of the East is mired in a three-game slide that has exposed just how young its squad is.

The Red Warriors consecutively went toe-to-toe with heavyweights Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and De La Salle University before falling behind in the endgame where their inexperience showed.

Talking about their losing skid, top gunner Edson Batiller frankly told ABS-CBN Sports, “Takot kami sa kanila (opponents). Sobrang nirespeto namin sila.”

The General Santos-native perfectly personified his statement, especially in their latest loss to DLSU. Handcuffed by Josh Torralba and Julian Sargent all game long, Batiller only had two points and muffed all nine of his field goals.

After the game, a visibly dejected Batiller exited the locker room and said, talking about his performance, “Para ngang sabi ni manong (coach Derrick Pumaren), dahil sakin, natalo kami. Tanggap ko yun kasi ‘di ako nakatulong sa team.”

He then continued, “Talagang disappointed ako sa sarili ko. ‘Di sana kami natalo kung may ginawa ako.”

Moreover, UE’s sputtering go-to-guy also said that he’s ashamed that he let his teammates down. “Parang ayaw ko na nga maglaro. Sobrang nakakahiya ginawa ko. Dalawang game, dahil sakin, natalo kami,” he mused.

The Sampaloc faithful need not worry, however, as Batiller shared what Pumaren told them to motivate them in bouncing back. “Sabi nga ni manong, pareho lang naman kami lahat – parehong player, parehong estudyante – kaya dapat pagdating sa court, dapat ibigay namin lahat ng kaya,” he said.

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