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UP Maroons face tall order of embracing the pressure


The UP Fighting Maroons has to overcome their worst enemy this season – which is the UP Fighting Maroons themselves.

Coming from back-to-back wins against La Salle and NU, UP suffered a huge 72-86 setback against UST Growling Tigers, on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Which is why for UP head coach Bo Perasol, they have to get back to the drawing board and sort out their problems during the first round of the eliminations.

“We have to do a lot of adjustments. We have to re-examine what is inside of us, more than what we can do on the court,” said Perasol.

UP was left manhandled by UST from start to finish, even leading by as much as 30 in the third period.

They were also outworked by UST at the rebounding department at 51-38, as well as second chance points where they had an 18-4 advantage against UP.

Currently owning a 3-4 win-loss slate, Coach Bo pointed out what went wrong with the team, and how they succumbed to their internal problems.

“When we do it practice, we do it so well. However, when we go out there it becomes different, so it’s a mixture of pressure, expectations, and reactions from the crowd,” Perasol explained.

However, Perasol remains optimistic on their Final Four chances, and it’s only a matter of time before UP would embrace the pressure that are set upon them.

“We have to accept the pressure,” Perasol quipped.

“It is not just the expectations of other people but it is our expectations is what’s important,” he ended.