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    Despite loss, Ahanmisi takes pride in Falcons' fighting qualities

    Oct 8, 2018
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    RATHER than be down, Jerrick Ahanmisi remains upbeat about Adamson's chances in UAAP Season 81 despite a heartbreaking 88-85 overtime defeat to FEU on Sunday.

    The third-year sniper stuck to the positives after the Falcons shook off a poor start and came roaring back from 17-points down, forced overtime and almost stole the win from the Tamaraws.

    "I think that showed something in our team. Like the last few games against UP and NU, we were down but we never gave up. That’s what we showed in this game also, that even though this team is down, we’re never gonna give up," he said.

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      After great escapes over the Fighting Maroons, 69-68, and the Bulldogs, 63-58, in their last two games, breaks just didn't fall the Soaring Falcons' way as they fell to their first defeat this season.

      Ahanmisi said it was simply the law of averages catching up with Adamson.

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      "I think the close wins caught up on us," remarked Ahanmisi, who went 4-of-10 from downtown to notch 21 points and six rebounds but went scoreless in overtime.

      Adamson shouldn't keep digging a deep hole for themselves early in games, Ahanmisi said, especially now that it has a giant target on its back.

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      "We shouldn’t put our team in that situation. If we were to keep ourselves ahead of them throughout most of the game and not go down or at least keep the game close, then maybe it would have been a different story," said Ahanmisi.

      "It’s the little mental mistakes that cost us the game, so we just gotta keep working on that. We just gotta come in every game thinking and knowing that everyone’s gonna want to beat us. We just gotta keep playing with the system and keep following what coach Franz (Pumaren) says and we’ll be fine."

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