COACH Joe Silva said University of the East was too confident entering the match against University of Sto. Tomas, and expressed his frustration with how the Warriors went back to being an Alvin Pasaol-dependent team.
Coming off a 90-65 victory over FEU last week, the Red Warriors reverted to their old ways and leaned on their super scorer, and it's not much of a surprise they suffered an 80-66 hammering at the hands of UST on Saturday in the UAAP basketball tournament.
Pasaol had 32 points, 15 rebounds three steals and an assist, and no other Red Warrior cracked double-digits in scoring -- a big letdown after a balanced effort the last time.
That just won't fly for Silva.
"That's what I've been trying to tell them, consistency. For me, that's what separates the good teams from the great teams. It's all about consistency, especially the NBA and PBA level. The great teams, they bring it day-in and day-out, night-in and night-out," he said.
“Siguro, they’re so used to just looking for Alvin, but I want to change that. They’re so used to that na di pa consistent yung disiplina namin and them buying to the system.”
"Stats will show we only have nine assists in this game compared to 22 last game. (UST) had 16 three-pointers, but we're just down by 14. In fact, we won the second half, 43-41. It's just an insurmountable lead that pagdating ng halftime, medyo di na namin na-overcome."
It's a big no-no for Silva, especially with how he's trying to change the culture in Recto.
"Yun ang nakakafrustrate. We're not that strong a team that we can flip the ‘on’ button and biglang game na. I told them we have to win possession by possession, minute by minute," he said, lamenting how the Red Warriors
"I told the boys when we won against FEU, a little success gets into our head. It's dangerous. Di kami sanay manalo and we came complacent facing UST. Nasa isip namin, kayang kaya namin."
Pasaol agreed with his mentor's observation, noting: "Sobrang confident namin na kaya namin ang UST, pero later on, stats don't lie."
But the senior forward did cut his teammates some slack, saying that it could also be a case of a bad shooting night for UE as it went 29-percent from the field and 14-percent from deep.
“Lumaban naman sila. Di lang nashu-shoot yung bola sa ring at inalat kami," he said, adding that they should now focus on rebounding from the loss.
“Nakita namin na nag-show lahat ng bad habits namin. Mas mabuti yun na lumabas para sa game against NU, makaka-perform kami ng mabuti. Siguro test din sa amin ito, test sa character namin na walang easy game sa amin.”
Silva sure hopes those words will come to reality the next time out.
“Siguro I take full responsibility for that na di ko sila na-advice o kulang ang advice ko sa kanila. Buong week, that’s what I’ve been telling them, na don’t veer away from our system. Today, it happened again,” he said.
“At least, we’re going to learn from this, watch the tape, and we’re going to be better. Trabaho lang.”