ATENEO’S loss to University of the East on Saturday might have hurt the Blue Eagles’ chances of earning a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four of UAAP Season 78.
But coach Bo Perasol said the 74-69 setback that snapped the school’s five-game winning streak could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
The Ateneo mentor said the loss is something the Blue Eagles need at this point of the season after coming out flat against the Warriors.
“Ang importante kasi is we learned the lesson that if we don’t bring our A1 game, it will be a short season for us,” he said.
“Buti nangyari na sa game na halos walang bearing sa amin kesa sa knockout game. It’s a wake-up call for us na maramdaman na masaktan naman kami,” he added.
Ateneo finished its elimination round campaign with a 9-5 card. It had a chance to forge a tie with Far Eastern University for second place had they won since the Tamaraws lost to National University later in the day, 70-68, for a 10-3 slate.
As the No. 3 seed, the Blue Eagles will face the Tamaraws in the semis where they need to beat the Morayta-based school two in a row to make the finals.
Hopefully, the lessons learned in the UE loss would serve them in good stead during the Final Four, Perasol said.
“Nakadagdag ‘yung pagkatalo namin kasi para hindi kami maging kampante. On our toes kami. Tall order for any team beating a team twice,” said Perasol.