MANILA, Philippines — Adamson coach Nash Racela lauded his Falcons for studying from a sequence of heartbreaking defeats within the first spherical of the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball event.
Jerom Lastimosa and the Soaring Falcons surprised the National U Bulldogs, 62-55, to maintain their Final Four hopes alive on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Adamson remained unbeaten two video games into the second spherical enhancing its report to 3-6 to tie joint fifth placers Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas and transfer nearer to No.4 NU (5-4).
Racela stated the Falcons already discovered their lesson from a string of heartbreakers within the first spherical, together with a 69-71 loss to the Bulldogs of their first assembly.
“For sure those games had an effect, not just the first two games of the second round, but to our remaining games. These players learn through experience. That’s something that I realized, and that’s why they’re coming out better now in the second round,” stated Racela shortly after the win.
“We were not so fortunate to have a preseason tournament, so the first round was like our preseason tournament. Even myself, we learned a lot of things. Moving forward, we just want to have a better performance in the next couple of games,” he added.
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
Lastimosa agreed that their heartbreaking 1-6 begin within the opening spherical made them more durable.
“We learned from what we went through in the first round. We’re happy that we’re winning,” he stated after his 17-point outing.
Racela stated his wards are doing the correct issues that’s why they have been capable of avenge their first spherical losses to NU and FEU, which they beat 64-63 on Matty Erolon’s clutch triple final week.
“Just by doing the right things, what is expected from the players, they’re doing it. Actually, they deserve these wins because they don’t give up, they continue to fight, regardless, and that’s something that as a coach, I’m really, really proud of,” he stated. “Regardless of the situation, they keep on fighting. And that’s what you want. As a coach, that’s what you want.”
Still within the Final Four race, Racela doesn’t need the Falcons to be forward of themselves.
“Wee don’t want to be ahead of ourselves. We just have to focus on the next game. And then we’ll see, we are taking it one game at a time and hopefully by doing our part, we get good results, whatever that means,” he stated.
Adamson shall be examined because it battles the No.2 University of the Philippines, which has received eight straight video games, on Thursday at 4:30 pm.
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