MIKE Nieto is confident Ateneo will do much better in the title decider after identifying the issued they had in Game Two of the UAAP finals.
The Eagles hope to bounce back in Game Three on Sunday after squandering a 21-point lead to let the La Salle Green Archers level the series.
“Siguro we just didn’t follow the system in the second half kasi we just scored eight points in the third. We were more individual than teamwork during the second half. That’s the ballgame for us,” said Nieto.
Nieto also hopes the Eagles can draw from the experience of playing a knockout game against Far Eastern University in the Final Four.
“ … napagdaanan na namin ito sa FEU. We just have to enjoy the opportunity. At least umabot pa ng Game Three. We will fight no matter what,” said Nieto.
“Masakit lang naman sa game na ito is lumamang kami ng 21 points and then nawala pa. But lahat kami will fight on Sunday. Kami ni Vince (Tolentino, team captain), nag-usap na kami. We will just enjoy it. It’s another opportunity for us to showcase our talent lalo na it’s a do-or-die game for both of us.
Nieto is eager to bounce back after going scoreless the second match after a fine performance in the series opener.
After finishing with 11 points in Game One, Nieto went 0-for-6 from the field in 14 minutes.
“You guys saw our best and at the same time, our worst game in one single game against La Salle,” said the 19-year-old Nieto.
“Ang mananalo diyan ‘yung may gustong manalo ng championship. We promise you guys, we will fight,” said Nieto.