INSIDE THE FINALS: Hero ball got in the way of UST family

Paul Lintag on Nov 26, 2015 10:22 AM
INSIDE THE FINALS: Hero ball got in the way of UST family
INSIDE THE UAAP FINALS: "Hindi tayo pwede maghiwa-hiwalay today or sa next game natin. Mas ipakita natin na we are a family." - UST head coach Bong dela Cruz.

There was one simple reason why the UST Growling Tigers lost game 1 of the UAAP Season 78 Finals: a little hero ball got in the way of family.

"Hindi kayo naglaro as a family eh. Once na inisip niyo na kayo ang magiging hero dito sa family natin, hindi tayo mananalo," UST head coach Bong dela Cruz told his obviously down Tigers inside the dugout after their 64-75 loss.

After giving a speech to his players assuring them that they are still very much capable of winning the UAAP title, dela Cruz tried to make sense of the events in the last half of the fourth quarter.

He told ABS-CBN Sports outside the UST locker room that the late-game miscues the Tigers committed in the middle of FEU's explosive finishing kick were a product of them not sharing the ball on offense and simply breaks of the game going the other way.

Down 0-1, dela Cruz added that the way the team responds to adversity, particularly the veterans will dictate how game 2 and the rest of the series will go.

The second-year coach also refused to believe that fatigue was a factor in their collapse.

"Wala ng burnout, hindi na ako naniniwala sa burnout championship na eh," dela Cruz said. "Yung puso ng mga players nandiyan na, adjustment na lang."

Ahead of a must-win second game on Saturday, dela Cruz issued a challenge to his veterans. "Nasa inyo na yan kung papayag kayo na on the third time uuwi tayo ng umiiyak," he said. "Hindi tayo pwede maghiwa-hiwalay today or sa next game natin. Mas ipakita natin na we are a family."

Watch the exclusive ABS-CBN Sports videos below.

INSIDE THE UAAP FINALS: UST head coach Bong dela Cruz had some words for the Growling Tigers after they lost game 1.For more UAAP Season 78 updates visit sports.abs-cbn.com

Posted by ABS-CBN Sports on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

 

INSIDE THE UAAP FINALS: The UST Growling Tigers are already looking ahead to game 2.For for UAAP Season 78 updates visit sports.abs-cbn.com

Posted by ABS-CBN Sports on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

 

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