ADAMSON may have lost two in a row, but head coach Leo Austria remains confident things will turn around for the Falcons sooner than later.
The Falcons face University of the Philippines Maroons in a battle of winless teams in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Gametime is 4 p.m.
In the first match of another doubleheader, Far Eastern University goes for its fourth consecutive win against struggling University of the East at 2 p.m.
After a lopsided opening loss to four-time defending champion Ateneo, the Falcons came just short of claiming their first win in a 62-65 loss to the Tamaraws last Thursday.
However, Austria remained upbeat about the Falcons’ fortunes, even though they lost to two of the top contenders in the league in Ateneo and FEU.
“Sa nakikita ko, we are really improving,” said Austria. “I hope na hindi kami ma-demoralize sa dalawang talo namin dahil we still have a chance.
“I think a win against UP will regain our confidence,” said the soft-spoken coach.
Adamson, however, could miss thse services of guard Allen Etrone. The school's top scorer against FEU with 15 points sustained an ankle sprain and is doubtful against their game with the Maroons.
UP has also lost two in a row including a 57-60 setback against NU also last Thursday.
The league-leading Tamaraws, meanwhile, look to sustain their momentum against the Red Warriors, still winless in two games.
FEU coach Bert Flores is still not satisfied with the team's perfect 3-0 win-loss record after winning by just a total of six points in their first three outings.
“Hindi kami puwedeng maging overconfident dahil puwedeng maging 0-3 ‘yung mga panalo namin,” said Flores.
The Tamaraws, who were led by Terrence Romeo in their victory over Adamson, hope to contain UE’s Roi Sumang and Adrian Santos in order to sustain their run.
The Warriors are also winless in their first two outings.
“Huwag lang namin sabayan ang tempo ng UE, hindi siguro kami mahihirapan,” said Flores.