EVEN after suffering its second straight loss to open the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, Ateneo coach Bo Perasol insisted he is still pleased with the effort being shown by the five-time defending champions.
Not since 2007 had the Blue Eagles started the season with a 0-2 record, one year before the start of their long reign as champions of the country's premier collegiate league.
But Perasol said he’s very satisfied with the way the team played against Far Eastern University after seeing the Eagles drag the Tamaraws into overtime period before losing, 75-79, on Wednesday.
“For me, they are winners with the kind of effort that they showed, with the kind of effort in trying to win without Kiefer (Ravena),” said the Ateneo rookie mentor.
The loss came after Ryan Buenafe carried the team on his broad shoulders in the absence of the injured Ravena, firing away with 29 points and 15 rebounds.
“The numbers of Ryan and everybody else chipping in is the most important. I’m seeing the positive side. That is the most important thing to me,” said Perasol.
Still, Perasol was quick to remind his players that they are still in a hole to begin Season 76.
“I told them that we can’t be too carried away. The fact remains that we are 0-2,” he said.
Sunday will be another big test for the Blue Eagles as they take on longtime rival De La Salle Green Archers.