ADAMSON expects embattled defending champion Ateneo to go all out when both teams clash Sunday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Falcons and Blue Eagles go against each other at 4 p.m.
Adamson coach Leo Austria perfectly described what the Falcons are expecting in their game opposite the five-time champion, which remains winless in three games to start off the season.
“Kapag ang isang tao ay sugatan, talagang mabangis ‘yan,” Austria said.
Even though the Eagles are still winless, the Falcons have no reason to be complacent as they have lost 31 of their last 32 matches against the Katipunan-based squad.
Austria also expects Ateneo to be eager and aggressive as it seeks a breakthrough win, although he believes Adamson has the advantage in terms of manpower.
“They are longing for their first win. And I know they will be prepared for this game. They know our weakness,” Austria said.
Roider Cabrera was on fire in Adamson’s win over University of the East the last time after hitting five triples, while import Ingrid Sewa was a power off the boards.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol took the blame for the team’s 0-3 start but looks forward at finally snapping its losing skid.
“It’s either we can lose to anybody or win against anybody. My responsibility is how we can tilt it in our favor,” he said.
The Eagles dropped their third game in a row after a 73-82 loss to archrival La Salle last Sunday.
Kiefer Ravena remained doubtful for the Eagles with a sprained right ankle.
In the first game, National University takes on University of the Philippines at 2 p.m.
Like the Falcons, the Bulldogs are also going for their third win in four games as they look to follow up the Bulldogs’ 78-71 victory over University of Santo Tomas last week.
The Maroons are still winless in three games after losing to Far Eastern University, 57-75, in their last game.