WITH how well University of the Philippines played against Adamson on Saturday, head coach Kenneth Duremdes believed any team in the league would have had a hard time beating the Maroons.
“Sasabihin ko sa inyo, ‘yung nilaro ng UP ngayon, kahit La Salle ang kinalaban nila, mahihirapan,” said Duremdes, moments after the Falcons lost to the Maroons, 64-77, in the UAAP at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Duremdes said UP simply wanted it more.
“UP wanted it more than us,” said Duremdes. “They played well. They shot well. Lamang kami sa stats but it will go down doon sa kung sino talaga ang gustong manalo.”
The PBA great and his staff were holed in the dugout so long that by the time they came out, the second game between Far Eastern University and National University was already in its closing seconds.
Adamson got 24 points from Don Trollano and 20 from Jansen Rios, but Duremdes said the lack of effort and experience of the Falcons definitely showed up in the game especially in the third quarter when UP outscored Adamson, 24-14.
“Kulang ‘yung effort ng mga players, kulang ‘yung will nila to win and beat UP. ‘Yun ang kulang eh, especially noong third quarter when they had a run,” said Duremdes.
The Adamson coach said the loss will definitely be a learning experience for the Falcons.
“We will learn from this,” said Duremdes. “Talagang gusto nila pero limited ‘yung knowledge nila sa basketball especially sa seniors basketball because most of them are coming from high school.”