UAAP: Hubert Cani blames FEU's blowout loss to bad practices
Danine Cruz on Sep 30, 2018 08:30 PM
Hubert Cani points finger on terrible practices and an underestimating mindset as reason behind FEU's 25-point loss against surprising UE.
Good teams are not made in games, but in practices.
This was the narrative Hubert Cani was going for after Far Eastern University saw themselves at the losing end of a 25-point drubbing versus the surprising University of the East, Sunday in UAAP Season 81 action.
"Kasi nung bago nitong UE, we had two practices tapos sobrang pangit nung practice namin. As in. Kaya siguro ganito yung nangyari sa amin kasi pangit nung practice talaga namin nung Friday and Saturday. Nadala namin dito," said Cani.
The FEU Tamaraws are perennial Final Four contenders but unfortunately this season, they already lost to two teams who were in the bottom four last year, namely UST and UE. According to Cani, this is something they should think about and fix as soon as possible.
"Dalawa na yun eh. Tingin ko, mali talaga yung approach namin sa game. Parang dinadaya namin eh. Sa amin bumabalik yun. Kunyari malakas yung kalaban namin, dun kami babawi tapos pag may mga teams na parang nasa average, dun kami nagse-step down eh. Yun talaga yung pagkakamali namin," said the Tamaraw point guard.
Cani also bared that they might have been underestimating other teams in UAAP Season 81, that is why now they are paying the consequences.
"Same lang ng UST, parang in-underestimate namin yung game kaya ngayon yung mga shots nila kahit naka-challenge na, kahit anong gawin namin, talagang shumu-shoot na kasi binigyan namin sila ng confidence. So dun palang sa una palang, mali na," he explained.
FEU shot 33.87-percent from the field, which paled in comparison to UE's sweet shooting at 45.95-percent.
As early as the first half, Red Warriors Alvin Pasaol and Jason Varilla already had 15 points each across their names, while no one from the Tamaraws had double digits. Entering the last two quarters, FEU was already down by 12 and that just ballooned to as big as 34-points as UE's shooting kept getting sweeter, while FEU's turned sour.
"Tingin ko, shumu-shoot lang talaga yung tira nila tapos kami, di namin sinundan yung scheme na gusto ni Coach Olsen," he said after scoring the most for FEU with 12 points and three rebounds.
After what can be considered as an embarrassing loss for FEU, a lengthy post-game meeting followed. Head coach Olsen Racela left it to his squad to talk among themselves about what happened and what should be done.
"Parang ang gusto niya sa aming sabihin na kami pa lang, kaya naming ayusin 'to. Hindi na niya kailangang pagalitan kami or whatsoever. Parang sa amin pa lang, i-take na namin yung commitment," shared Cani.
"Pinag-usapan lang namin yung commitment sa team as individual players. Kahit sinong kalaban namin dapat same approach lang kami sa game," he added.
With so-so practices and an underestimating mindset considered as the culprit for this recent loss, Cani looks forward to going to practice tomorrow to try to fix their course. They will prepare for their next game versus National University on October 3.
"Bukas tingin ko sobrang ganda ng kakalabasan nung training namin, kasi kung hindi, parang di namin tine-take seriously itong UAAP, yung team namin. Tingin ko bukas, dun pa lang sa practice, magsa-start na kami," he said.