THE next step for University of the Philippines in its road to resurgence is how to control its emotions after every big victory.
Coming off their biggest win in a long time with a 98-87 beating of defending champion La Salle, the Fighting Maroons got grounded in the worst possible fashion after bombing out against the FEU Tamaraws, 78-59, on Sunday in the 80th UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
It’s no secret the Fighting Maroons’ stake for a Final Four seat this season is legitimate, but they have to find ways to play their game on a consistent level, regardless of the previous outcome.
“Yun ang challenge ngayon kasi when you go up against the stronger and more experienced programs, kailangan buo ang loob mo. Hindi pwedeng you’re just going to play based on sa energy mo coming from a big win. Kailangan disiplinado, kailangan may focus sa detalye. Yung mga bagay na yun,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.
“The reality is we have to beat the stronger programs in order for us to get to the top four, hindi pwedeng kaunti-kaunti lang or else magiging ganun pa rin yan. Kailangan matalo namin ang FEU, Adamson, NU. Kailangan may capacity kami to beat them,” he added.
In the loss to the Tamaraws, Perasol saw everything that went right for him against La Salle was missing, including a rare bad performance from star guard Paul Desiderio.
The UP gunner was limited to just nine points after coming off a 30-point performance against the Archers. And Perasol knows that going through games like this is something Desiderio has to endure along the way.
“Alam naman ni Paul na he’s going to be a facilitator. He needs to be a facilitator because defense will clamp down on him. Alam nila na buhay ng team si Paul but we can’t just depend on him, it has to be everybody,” the jovial coach said.
“Knowing Paul, he’ll find a way to bounce back, but at the same time we have to find other sources of offense,” he added.
For Perasol, it’s all about moving on to the next games now.
Despite the new found expectations and a whole new culture in place for the Fighting Maroons, Perasol knows everything is still a process and that they are just as good as their last game – regardless of the teams they had previously beaten.
“I told them, when we win, we have to cut short our celebration, this time we have to cut short our lamentations and focus on the next games. What’s important is we cannot get pulled down by our emotions,” said Perasol.