Numbers don’t lie, but for new UP head coach Bo Perasol, being on the losing end of a 19-point blowout against Adamson does not negate the good outing his Fighting Maroons had at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.
“The score was not a reflection of how we played,” Perasol told the press minutes after his wards bowed to the Soaring Falcons, 85-104, in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
With the Diliman crew repeatedly coming back from double-digit deficits and forcing the San Marcelino side to 27 turnovers, Perasol was not delusional in calling Sunday’s loss a good game.
But with Adamson making 66% of their shots overall and almost 70% of their 3-point attempts, UP’s porous defense was exposed for the world to see.
“For me, we brought in our good game. But if we come up against a team like Adamson with a good game and they play good, I don’t think we can win against them,” the former Ateneo coach said frankly.
“We need to bring our excellent game to take away some of their excellent game. Our best game against Adamson’s best game, for me, that’s no contest with what they showed,” he added.
Swingman Paul Desiderio waxed hot with 24 points but his output was equalized by Adamson rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi, who dazzled with 28 points to lead his team to its first victory and set the record for most points scored in a UAAP debut.
The young gun’s unstoppable performance—and Adamson’s hot shooting in general—could partly be blamed to the lack of a ‘detailed scouting report,’ says Perasol.
“I think they really shot the ball well. In a way, we were not able to scout them. Hindi naging more detailed ‘yung scouting report namin because this is just the first game. We didn’t expect them to shoot that high,” he said.
Though Jett Manuel, Dave Moralde and Henry Asilum also finished in double digits and combined for 38 markers, the coach was left wanting for more sources of points as they head into their next match against early favorite De La Salle University.
“I think we can find more sources of offense. Importante kasi medyo dehado din kami sa opensa because of our size,” he said. “If we cannot shoot, I don’t think there’s going to be much to compete with eh. Importante na talagang makaka-shoot kami.”
Talking about his game plan moving forward, he adds: “What we can do is we need to find a way to get our opponents of of sync. We cannot just bring a good game and let them have a good game also.” — By Mac Dionisio