Coach Bo says UP disappointing thus far in UAAP 81, but still determined

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 26, 2018 07:58 PM
Coach Bo says UP disappointing, but still determined
Coach Bo said that UP remains upbeat about its chances

The University of the Philippines stands at solo seventh in the standings in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With only one win to show after four games, it’s safe to say that the Fighting Maroons have not lived up to the hype thus far.

Even head coach Bo Perasol had to acknowledge as much after they lost a heartbreaker to undefeated Adamson University on Wednesday. “I’m disappointed with our standing right now,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “This is not the way we planned it to be, but I’m really proud with how we played this game.”

State U was leading by eight with four minutes remaining only to see the Soaring Falcons go on a 12-3 run capped off by Sean Manganti’s game-winner to complete the come-from-behind win.

Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren said that they were lucky, and UP head coach Bo Perasol could only agree. As he put it, “We all wanted to win that game for us to get back in the win column, but life happens. It was a broken play, a hail mary shot.”

He then continued, “This night was not for us. We all have to live with that and we need to take the positives out of this game so could carry it to Sunday’s game.”

Coach Bo then pointed out that among all expected contenders, the Fighting Maroons have one of the toughest, if not the toughest, early assignments. “The slate looks bleak, but the three losses we had was against the strongest programs,” he said.

Indeed, they started the season with a 29-point rout of University of the East before falling to Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and Adamson consecutively. Those three teams all made the playoffs a season ago.

And so, in the mind of their mentor, State U just needs to take care of their remaining assignments to gain momentum once again. “If we could win on Sunday, we’re still on track,” he said, talking about their matchup with De La Salle University.

That’s easier said than done, however, and coach Bo knows that full well. “It’s not gonna be easier. It’s gonna be more difficult. That’s how it is,” he said.

He then continued, “What’s important is the confidence right now, the way I saw them play against the number one team, I was just proud of that.”

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