LA Salle coach Aldin Ayo rued the complacency of his wards especially on defense as the Green Archers suffered their first loss in UAAP Season 80 against University of the Philippines.
The Green Archers dropped a 98-87 loss to an inspired Fighting Maroons squad on Saturday, ending their three-game winning streak to start Season 80. Last year, La Salle went 12-0 before losing their first outing.
"Hindi kami naglaro ng laro namin especially sa depensa," said Ayo. "We were very complacent and we were not ready sa mga ginagawa nila. Although lahat naman ng ginawa nila sa court, na-run namin during practice, the problem was some of the players were not responding."
"They were complacent. Problema namin sa depensa," Ayo said.
La Salle gave up 16 three-pointers in a record-setting performance for UP, which tied the outputs of Adamson in 2006 and University of Santo Tomas in 2010 for most triples since the current UAAP statistics group was installed in 2003.
"Hindi mangyayari 'yung mga tres na 'yun kung dumepensa kami ng maayos. Kung tinulungan 'yung big man 'yung small man, 'yung small man hindi nakatayo. They didn't do anything exceptional. Ginawa nila 'yung usual na ginagawa nila. The thing is hindi namin sinunod 'yung game plan namin," said Ayo.
Ayo said La Salle may have also been fatigued from their third game in seven days.
"Siguro baka pagod. This is our third game. With the system that we have, both ends of the court, we kept on running. Baka naubos physically or baka mentally," said Ayo.
But Ayo insisted La Salle didn't do anything significant especially in running their plays despite the hot-shooting of Ben Mbala, who had a UAAP career-high 34 points on 4-of-8 from three-point range.
"When Ben hit those four threes, I told the team that don't be fooled by the score. We were up but we knew that we haven't executed anything. I told the boys to stick to the game plan and the team was not responding. I have to do more in terms of executing our game plan kasi ganun din kami last game. Hopefully, we learn from these games," said Ayo.