UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol isn't sulking over the Maroons’ losing start to the UAAP season.
The Fighting Maroons bowed to a hot-shooting Adamson team, 104-85, on Sunday in a game where the Falcons hit an amazing 66 percent of their shots from the field (37-of-56).
Still, Perasol's confidence is bolstered by the fact that the Fighting Maroons remained in the thick of the fight down to the bitter end despite trailing by double digits early in the game.
In fact, UP got as close to six, 83-77, at the final four-minute mark of the game, thanks to its pressure defense that sparked a late 8-0 run before the Falcons got their offense going again on the way to a 19-point win.
Perasol later lauded the efforts of his wards.
“The score was not a reflection of how we played. They (Adamson) really shot the ball and we weren’t able to scout them well. Hindi naging detailed ‘yung scouting report namin being just the first game,” he said.
“But as far as our efforts are concerned, we are good with that,” Perasol added.
Admittedly lacking in talent compared to other teams, Perasol stressed the need for the Maroons to limit the ‘best game’ of their opponents to have a chance at winning more games this season.
“Our best game against Adamson’s best game, for me, that’s no contest. Going forward, what we can do is we need to find a way to get our opponents out of sync. We can’t bring just a good game and let them have a good game also,” Perasol said.
“Obviously, marami pa kaming dapat ma-adjust defensively. In the end, medyo kinapos,” said Perasol.
The UP coach, however, is confident they can also match up with other teams offensively as shown by their 85-point output against Adamson.
Leading the charge in scoring for UP was Paul Desiderio, who had 24 points, and Jett Manuel, who scored 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
Perasol obviously wants more.
“I think we can find more sources of offense. Dehado kasi kami sa depensa with our size. But if we can’t shoot, we can’t compete,” said Perasol.