"Nung natalo kami sa UST nung first round, natuto na kami eh. Kaya nung dumating na game na naman, ewan ko kung ano ang nangyari," said Richard Escoto after the Tamaraws' 78-70 defeat at the hands of the Growling Tigers on Sunday.
The Tamaraws toppled erstwhile league leaders Adamson and Ateneo in their last two games, only to fall to an old nemesis in the Tigers.
Escoto, who had 12 points and five rebounds in the loss, felt FEU veered away from what it did in its past two games.
"Yung discipline yung nawala. Wala kami sa focus sa offense and defense," he said after the Tamaraws allowed UST to shoot 39 percent from the field and score 41 from the perimeter.
"Dapat lahat kami mag-contribute, tulad nung nawala si Arvin (Tolentino) against sa Ateneo. Nag-step up bawat isa like si (Brandrey) Bienes. Yun ang nawala sa amin ngayon eh."
But rather than be down after this defeat, Escoto sees this as an opportunity for the Tamaraws to humble themselves for the tougher grind ahead.
"Lalo kaming mag-stick together. Sa pagkatalo namin dito, hindi namin i-down ang sarili namin. Tulong-tulong kami hanggang maabot namin yung goal namin," said the team captain.