UNIVERSITY of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol remained optimistic despite suffering their third straight loss at the hands of University of Santo Tomas to start their campaign in UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament.
Perasol shrugged off Saturday's sorry 83-77 defeat to the Growling Tigers and reiterated that the Fighting Maroons are still a work-in-progress.
"The most difficult part in losing is when you're trying really hard. Parang lagi mong iniisip na 'two more stops, two more rebounds, one less turnover, two more free throws,’" said Perasol.
"But we need to get over that because we still have 11 games, we still have 11 chances of getting one win and probably ignite a momentum. We need to get something to ignite our momentum," he added.
Perasol was also pleased to see his wards’ resilience as one of the positive things in a match where the Fighting Maroons stayed within striking distance for the most part, only to falter in the final stretch.
"Hindi yun yung pinakamaganda naming laro pero nandun pa rin, nakakahabol kami, nakakatabla kami. Yun nga lang di kami nakaka-make stops when it mattered," he said. "The attitude of my boys are really positive. We're really trying really hard kaso kapos talaga."
"(We need to) be strong despite all those (shortcomings). Yung importante, we need to get over this. There's going to be a time that we will be better, it's just difficult because we're undergoing it right now. Nasa process ka of really improving," added Perasol.