UNIVERSITY of the Philippines skipper Paul Desiderio called for a change after sensing the losing attitude that’s long plagued the Fighting Maroons emerge once more in the Maroons' loss to La Salle.
Desiderio led the Fighting Maroons’ stand against the Green Archers with 21 points and seven rebounds. But he couldn’t help but get frustrated with his team’s mindset.
"Kailangan huwag mag-give up kasi pag ako nag-give up, yung team mag-give-up talaga," the third year forward said. "Sana ngayon makabawi, makabangon kami, kasi (0-2) na eh, medyo down na yung team eh."
"[Parang] Sanay na sila eh, nasa utak na eh," he added. "Kaya niyo manalo di ba? Parang halos pareho lang kami nagte-training, at yun yung binabago ko sa isip nila na kailangan mabago niyo isip na kaya nating manalo. [Pero] talagang nasa utak na ng iba eh, ‘Ah ok lang matalo.’ Sa akin hindi pwede yung ganoon eh."
Asked who he thinks need to step up, Desiderio didn’t hold back in calling out his whole team.
“Halos lahat, mga rookies namin, si Jett (Manuel), si Dave (Moralde), mga veterans namin," he said.
"Si Dave medyo may iniinda pa din injury pero si Jett kailangan na mag-step up," Desiderio added.