Eric Altamirano still searching for leader as NU suffers another meltdown

National University head coach Eric Altamirano is hoping a leader will emerge for the Bulldogs in this crucial stage of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament, after dropping another close game, this time versus the Far Eastern University.

Altamirano and the Bulldogs could not deliver in the payoff period in their 57-56 loss after being held down to only six points in the fourth quarter.

The veteran coach admitted the lack of veteran players in his team doomed NU in several close games, most notably it’s sudden collapse against the undefeated De La Salle University.

“It was a heartbreaker for us. We weren’t able to get it done again, yung closure ng game. Experience talaga yan e. You have to have experienced players, obviously wala kami nun,” Altamirano said.

“We don’t have the luxury of having Gelo Alolino, or yung mga veterans namin from before. Hopefully may mag-step up na leaders na mga bagong players.”

Altamirano then addressed the several factors that could have made a difference in their loss.

“We missed our free throws, we turned the ball over, yung kay Jay (Alejandro). Those are the breaks of the game, but I hope sana sa upcoming games hindi na kami umabot sa ganung situation.”

But while the Bulldogs dropped to a 4-4 card at the start of the second round, Altamirano is hoping these kinds of experience boost his wards to become a more matured squad.

“It’s a process e, siguro growing pains talaga ng team na to. Looking at it on a brighter side we need these games to develop our character.”

” hope na moving forward, itong mga klaseng games na ganito, although it’s painful, will help us be mature and be able to handle those type of situation,” he added. – By John Chester Fajardo