Adamson was on the verge of suffering its 5th consecutive loss—this time at the hands of FEU—after trailing 0-2 heading into the 3rd frame.
Surprisingly, despite looking down and defeated after dropping the 2nd set, the Lady Falcons all of a sudden caught fire, sending the match to a decider before eventually winning to score a huge upset and move up to a 2-4 record.
Inspired by the relentless grit shown by sophomore Mhay Roque, who scorched hot with 23 points, team captain Mylene Paat soon followed suit to finish with 12 points of her own.
Perhaps taking a page out of the adage ‘fake it ’til you make it,’ Paat shared her own mindset on their way to completing a come from behind win.
“Ako sa sarili ko mismo, sinabi ko na 5th ito kasi nakuha na nila ‘yung dalawa eh,” she told FOX Sports.
“Sa coach ko mismo, nilakasan ko loob ko kahit na down na kami, sabi ko, ‘Mag 5th set ito, coach,’” she added. “Kahit mukhang mahirap pinaniwalaan ko kaya nangyari. Alam kong kaya namin eh.”
The San Marcelino squad’s win was a perfect testament to how even the playing field is this year with every team capable of dealing every slacking opponent a loss.
Set to face winless UE in their last assignment for the season, the Lady Falcons will have a chance to turn things around and have their 1st win streak of the season.
“Bounce back ito eh. ‘Yung goal namin tatapusin namin ‘yung 1st round na mataas ang confidence namin. Ang target namin maka 3-4. Sana kayanin namin ‘yung UE,” said the skipper.
On the biggest takeaway after turning back the Lady Tamaraws, she adds, “Kaya naman pala eh. Bakit hindi pa ibuhos sa una pa lang? Bakit kailangan pang paabutin ng ganito kahaba?”
But what changed? How did Adamson, a team who is strong on paper, revived its confidence even after spiralling down the rankings?
Apparently, the confidence was never lost, says Paat.
“Nung after ng talo sa Ateneo, sabi ni coach dapat high morale pa din. Dapat maganda pa rin ‘yung attitude namin,” she said. “‘Yung tipong nung natalo kami, walang malungkot at walang masaya pero nandun pa rin ‘yung talagang push na manalo sa mga susunod na games.”
“Mas nilakasan lang namin ‘yung loob namin para sa coach at para sa teammates namin at sa sarili namin mismo,” she added.
Supporting her head coach Sherwin Meneses’s claims of internal issues hounding them in the past weeks, Paat shared a pact she and the rest of the team made in order to get their campaign back on track.
“After kasi nung last na talo, ang napagkasunduan namin is kung ano lang ang sabihin ni coach ‘yun lang ang susundin,” the captain declared.
“Wag makinig sa mga distractions na nasa paligid. Wala kaming papakinggang iba kundi ‘yung coach namin,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio