UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Rey Madrid gave credit to rookie Diego Dario, who put on a defiant performance off the bench in the final quarter of a lopsided loss to National University on Saturday.
The third-string point guard had six points in five minutes of action even if the outcome of the game was all but decided decided. The Maroons went on to bow to the Bulldogs, 59-70 to remain winless in Season 77 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“I’m very appreciative of Diego Dario, who would just sit out in the first three quarters and still be ready to play and give that 100 percent,” said Madrid after the game.
“I talked to him separately to express my adulation sa kanya,” added the UP coach.
Starter Mikee Reyes also had an impressive outing at the point, having eight points, four rebounds, and two assists. Henry Asilum only had a point during the game for the Maroons.
Madrid said Reyes and Asilum will still get better as the season goes on.
“Hindi pa laro nila Mikee talaga ‘yun. Si Henri, hindi pa naglalaro ng A-game,” he said.
Madrid said UP was simply overwhelmed in the shaded lane by Troy Rosario and Alfred Aroga, who combined for 33 points and 20 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Adding to UP’s misery is the play of Gelo Alolino, who had 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range.
“Overwhelming talaga ‘yung size difference. The double was there, the box out was there. But still they were able to wipe out yung aming bigs na hindi bigs,” said Madrid.