LA SALLE coach Aldin Ayo made no effort to hide his disappointment over the play of the Green Archers, who had to survive tense moments against Adamson to make it to the UAAP Season 79 finals.
The top-seeded Green Archers had to cling to a precarious lead late in the game before finally overcoming the Falcons, 69-64, on Wednesday and sealing a place in the championship series.
“I’m hesitant to congratulate them because it was a horrible game for us,” said Ayo.
The Green Archers, who lost just one of 14 games in the two-round eliminations, only had three assists the entire game and committed 26 turnovers against the Falcons.
“Pare, nakaka-bad trip,” Ayo told one of the reporters during the interview. “I was very disappointed with the way we played. Eto ‘yung sinasabi ko na marami pa kaming tatrabahuin.”
The Green Archers couldn't have picked a worse time to play their worst game, he added.
“It’s odd na Final Four na, latter part of the season na eh. Dami pa namin dapat trabahuin. Dami pa namin kailangang iimprove,” said Ayo.
The La Salle head coach was also unhappy with the way the Green Archers finished the game, giving up one too many offensive rebounds that gave Adamson several opportunities to tie the game.
That the Falcons flubbed the mostly open attempts was an 'answered prayer,' said the La Salle coach.
“Siguro nanalo lang kami sa dasal,” said Ayo. “We really prayed hard. Ilan ang minintis nila? Ilang chances ‘yun. Malaki kami pero hindi kami maka-box out. Ayaw lang ma-shoot ‘yung mga tira nila.”
The former Letran coach said the Green Archers' play was totally different from what they had been showing in practice.
“During practice, ginagawa namin ‘yun. We kept on simulating everything. The problem is how you put those schemes in the game.
“Bakit kapag may camera na, kapag may TV na, may crowd na, bakit nag-iiba ‘yung galaw nila? Bakit may mga players na ayaw mamasa kapag may TV na, kapag may camera na. ‘Yun ‘yung problema namin,” said Ayo.