LAST SEASON, Ateneo suffered its first loss on the final day of the elimination round.
Now that a loss came barely two games into the defending champions' campaign, coach Norman Black said there is only the Eagles' shambolic offense to blame.
“It was our offense that broke down,” said Black after the Eagles' drive for five suffered an early setback with a 71-70 loss to University of Santo Tomas. “We really didn’t play well as a team.”
The Blue Eagles had a 16-2 advantage in fastbreak points in the first half but inexplicably slowed down after that, adding just seven points to their fastbreak points total in the second half.
Another disappointment was Greg Slaughter, who committed his fourth foul early in the fourth. The Blue Eagles’ offense was never the same after that as their prized slotman was held to nine points.
“Greg got into foul trouble very early in the third so it kind of threw us off offensively because our offense revolved around him,” Black said. “It seem like everybody was forcing their plays a little bit.”
Black, though, doesn't sound worried.
“It’s just one game, guys,” Black told a handful of sportswriters who waited for him outside the dugout.