ADAMSON coach Leo Austria rued the Falcons’ missed chances in the game against La Salle on Wednesday, saying the chaotic ending showed his players’ lack of commitment to the game.
The Falcons slipped to sixth place in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament following a 69-70 loss to the Archers in overtime at the Araneta Coliseum - a game that Austria felt they could have won with extra effort and focus.
Adamson failed to control the rebound after two missed chances by La Salle in its final possession, allowing the Archers to steal the win on an Almond Vosotros jumper with 1.8 seconds left.
"I told them we need a little bit of sacrifice, kasi 'yung last possession na 'yun ... pag may commitment ka talagang 'di mo pababayaan teammates mo pwede maging suicidal laro mo,” said Austria.
“It’s a matter of one good rebound," he said.
But Austria felt the 1.8 seconds left on the clock was also more than enough to overcome the hairline deficit. Instead, the Falcons made a bad inbounds pass from mid-court that forced Jericho Cruz to heave a wild desperation shot from near center court.
“I think the last seconds, the last shot, talagang it’s a break of the game. Imagine we almost got the rebound na kung nakuha naming ’yun (shot) eh ’di tapos na ’yun.”
They also had several chances to end the game in regulation but failed to convert and the match went into extra minutes at 62-all.
The Falcons have now slipped two places out of the Final Four after absorbing their fifth loss in eight outings. The Archers also completed a sweep of the Falcons in the elimination round after a 70-67 win in their first meeting.
The UAAP is coming off a two-week break, but Austria again gave the team a day off on Thursday to let his players regroup and reassess their goals as they prepare for the Sunday match against National University.
“We really worked hard itong last two weeks but I can only do so much. ’Yun lang ang magagawa ko,” Austria said.