UAAP 82: Coach Bo apologizes for leaving UP behind in loss to Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 29, 2019 08:19 PM
UAAP 82: Coach Bo apologizes for leaving UP behind in loss
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Bo Perasol got himself ejected just when the University of the Philippines was at the wrong end of a killer run by Ateneo de Manila University, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.

For that, he was nothing but sorry.

"I apologize for losing it," he told reporters after the Fighting Maroons succumbed to the Blue Eagles, 63-89. "It really doesn't matter what happens on the court, but I have to think about my composure because that is what I preach."

At the 6:23 mark of the third quarter, Coach Bo, usually even-keeled, was seen rushing at a referee and was apparently vehemently opposing a supposed non-call on Ange Kouame's defensive stop on Jerson Prado.

Not long after, he was pushed back to the bench by his players, but also headed to the locker room, already aware his action would have him thrown out of the game.

Asked about his outburst, Perasol said that he actually got ticked off because of a personal foul and then the succeeding technical foul called on Bright Akhuetie also in the third quarter. "The official called the third foul on Bright and he was already at the other baseline then I really thought the official followed him there. For me, you cannot provoke a player and follow him to up to the other end of the baseline," he shared.

He then continued, "If you are thinking well enough, you cannot do that as an official because you're going to ruin the beauty of the competition."

And without its head coach, State U was unable to put up a fight against the defending champions and ultimately absorbed a loss to end the first round.

For that, Coach Bo only has himself to blame. "I don't think that was who we are, but it was mostly because of what I did," he said.

And so, UP's mentor only vows to be better moving forward. As he put it, "As their leader, as their head, I need to be better. Again, as I said, it doesn't take away from the fact that there will be missed calls, bad calls, and it happens, but I cannot lose myself especially in a game as big that."

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