UNIVERSITY of the East coach Joe Silva is disappointed with the Red Warriors’ performances in the first round of UAAP Season 81, not so much with the win-loss record but with their execution against fellow strugglers.
The Warriors are in a familiar spot, bottom of the ladder with a 1-6 record, but Silva noted that they did fine against preseason favorites while being lackluster against the other rebuilding squads.
“Okay kami (with some of) our losses, may mga ibang teams na dikit lang kami tapos biglang ‘yung mga mahihinang teams talagang sadsad kami,” said Silva, without mentioning specific teams.
Just like last season, the Red Warriors scored only one win in their first seven outings.
The one victory was at the expense of erstwhile league leader Far Eastern University.
“If you’re going to look at last year we tied the record of the team last year but of course medyo disappointed ako kasi up, down, up, down, up, down,” said the UE coach after their loss to the National University Bulldogs at the end of their first round on Saturday.
Silva hopes to do much better, even as they start the second round on Wednesday against fourth-running La Salle (4-3).
“It’s a process but for me as a coach medyo disappointed ako,” Silva said. “Yes on paper it’s tabla, we tied with the record last year but of course I’m disappointed with the way we’re performing, inconsistent sobra.”
UE star Alvin Pasaol, the league’s leading scorer with a 23.7-point average in the first round, agreed with his coach’s assessment.
“Kulang pa siguro kami sa maturity ngayon siguro,” Pasaol said. “Kailangan namin i-work out ulit kung anong kulang namin nung first round siguro sa second round mapupunan namin ‘yun,” said Pasaol, who has called on teammates to chip in as they try to move out of the cellar.
“Maglalaro lang kami para sa UE community, para sa mga pamilya namin lalo na sa Diyos at sa mga coaches namin,” the big man vowed.