UNIVERSITY of the Philippines is on a two-game losing skid in UAAP Season 80, but head coach Bo Perasol prefers to see the positive side of the deflating defeat for the Maroons.
The Fighting Maroons evened their record to 3-3 after losing to Adamson, 73-71, on a putback by Sean Manganti. That was UP's second straight defeat after falling to Far Eastern University, 78-59, on Sunday.
Perasol, though, held his head high as UP bounced back strong from a blowout loss only to be beaten in the dying seconds.
"For me, no matter how hard the defeat was, I just have to look at the positive of that," said Perasol. "Going from a bad game against FEU, I was really hoping for a good bounce back game but most of the time you can't guarantee a win even though you really fought back well."
"I can't ask for more," he added.
UP led by as many as 14 points only for Adamson to fight back in the next two quarters and make it a tight contest.
Perasol said he saw a lot of fire in the eyes of UP, determined to atone for the lopsided loss to FEU.
"The boys really wanted to bounce back. It wasn't as if they sob or they felt bad. They really want to bounce back and that's one thing I can get from them," said Perasol.
Perasol said UP was a few plays away from securing the victory.
"There was a lapse on defense against Manalang but it happens. We just have to pick up the good things about that and find a way to get another win so that we get four wins. Then, we are still in very good contention," said Perasol.