ATENEO Ateneo coach Bo Perasol got an instant reality check, admitting his rookie-laden team would go nowhere with the way they played on UAAP opening weekend.
The Blue Eagles faltered on both ends, shooting a paltry 30.7 percent, while allowing the Tamaraws to shoot a scorching 51.5 percent from the field in a 24-point loss to Far Eastern University on Sunday.
“Sadly, with the way we played, I don’t think we’re going to go anywhere,” Perasol said.
“We need to do more or else the stronger teams are just going to play us around,” he added.
The Eagles led by three points early, but failed to contain a powerhouse Tamaraws side that was tagged as the tournament favorites in the preseason.
As a result, the Eagles suffered their biggest losing margin against FEU in 12 years, or since the Tamaraws scored an 83-65 win in October 2003.
“The goal was to gauge ourselves against the perceived best team this tournament,” Perasol said. “We really felt the strength of FEU.”
Still, Parasol saw a positive, believing it was an early wake-up call.
“It’s good in a way that this happened against the best team,” he said. “At least we felt the slap on the face.”
“We need to be better than what we showed if we are to accomplish our goals,” he added.