UAAP 82: Chauca on Adamson's sorry loss to UP: 'This is a heartbreaker'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 20, 2019 08:25 PM
Chauca on Adamson's sorry loss: 'This is a heartbreaker'
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

ANTIPOLO - Adamson University was well on its way to finally getting the University of the Philippines monkey off its back in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

In the last seven minutes and with the Fighting Maroons rallying, Sunday at Ynares Center here, however, Val Chauca went missing.

Taken out of his game by State U's pressure, the one-and-done star only had two points and turned the ball over three times to see his side fall victim to a 21-5 killer run by their opponents.

When the final buzzer sounded, Adamson lost to UP, 77-81.

And when the final buzzer sounded, all Chauca could do was look down at the floor and wonder what could have been.

"I pretty much worked my whole life to get to this point and this is a heartbreaker," he told reporters. "This one hurt a lot."

Once he got to freshen up and change clothes, the Filipino-Peruvian acknowledged that the loss fell on his shoulders. "I just turned the ball over a lot. As a veteran, coach Franz [Pumaren] expects a lot more leadership so this is on me," he said.

He then continued, "I take full responsibility. I'm a veteran on this team and I can't make mistakes like that."

And so, Chauca vows to only be better moving forward - especially whenever the Soaring Falcons are clinging on to a lead. "Today, in the fourth, I was thinking more of killing the clock instead of playing basketball. When we start doing that, you're gonna make bad decisions," he shared.

He then continued, "So I think, I should stay aggressive whether it's the third or fourth quarter. That way, I can make more deliberate decisions."

The 5-foot-10 playmaker has no time to lose to do just that as the San Marcelino-based squad is now in a virtual must-win situation if it is to stay alive and kicking.

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