UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Ricky Dandan believes a win would come for the Maroons sooner rather than later in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“We are due for a win,” said Dandan to Spin.ph. “We just need to keep on trying.”
The Maroons have lost four straight games to start the season after bowing to National University, 60-74, on Sunday but Dandan remained defiant, saying he sees improvements in his team each and every game.
“We were outrebounded badly against La Salle and Adamson, but we outrebounded FEU in our next game. But we lost dahil ang dami naming turnovers,” said the UP coach.
“We just have to keep on going and we will see.”
Dandan has been adamant in the preseason that the word ‘fighting’ is back in the Maroons, a claim not lost on NU coach and UP alumnus Eric Altamirano.
Although the Bulldogs won over the Maroons, Altamirano said they still had a difficult time disposing of the Diliman-based squad, needing a big fourth-quarter push before prevailing.
“They were fighting until the end,” said Altamirano. “That will be the story of UP’s season. They are very unpredictable. You can’t relax against them, you have to play your best game till the end.”
Although the Maroons are definitely not lacking in heart, Dandan said inexperience was evident for one of the youngest teams in the league.
“Our hearts are in the right places. I’m not making any excuses but from a basketball standpoint, because we are relatively inexperienced, kailangan lang namin mag-execute perfectly. And that is not going to happen overnight,” said Dandan.
Despite the losses, Dandan prefers to focus on the positives. He mentioned the likes of Raul Soyud, who grabbed 20 rebounds against NU.
“Those are good things for a team na katulad naming bata,” said Dandan.