THEIR backs against the wall for the first time in the Aldin Ayo-era, La Salle captain Kib Montalbo isn't about to press the panic button.
Montalbo is confident that the have what it takes to turn things around and score two straight wins to retain the UAAP basketball title.
"We’re the defending champions. I couldn’t consider myself as the underdog. It’s just two great teams battling it out. One hell of a series," said Montalbo.
The guard out of Bacolod missed all but one of his five shots for three points and three steals in nearly 25 minutes of action.
But he refused to dwell in his struggles, instead, he opted to give credit to the Blue Eagles for coming in prepared in Game One of their best of three affair.
"Well, Ateneo played better. Yun lang. Pero we’ll play better in Game Two. We’ll work hard for it," Montalbo added. "Wala kami sa laro namin, yun lang."
Like Montalbo, Ayo didn't show frustrations with the loss, with the La Salle skipper sharing that Ayo took it like any other loss.
"The usual na sinasabi lang kung talo kami. Heads up lang, we’ll bounce back. It all starts in practice," he continued.
The opener was physical and Montalbo isn’t too worried if the series goes on that way.
"It’s part of the game. If the refs call it, then so be it. We’ll play."