‘UST outplayed and outhustled us’Coach Bo laments after falling to UST three times
The UP squad was like Tom The Cat wherein they kept on chasing Jerry The Mouse — which was UST at that time.
The Growling Tigers were just simply too much against UP’s defense, which ultimately led to an 89-69 beatdown on Sunday to force a knockout-duel.
“The way we played most of the quarters, there is no way that we could win against UST,” UP head coach Bo Perasol lamented.
“We need to be a lot better. We cannot be just the recipient of UST’s aggressiveness. We need to matchup their aggressiveness.”
This Season 82, the Fighting Maroons has yet to decipher UST’s resurgence on both ends on the floor; hence, dropping all of their three meetings.
First round encounter was a 61-85 blowout, while second round was a heartbreaking 78-84 defeat.
“The reason why we loss — three times in a row — this season because they outplayed and outhustled us,” Coach Bo said.
“It has nothing to do with what we should have done defensively. If they’re faster, we couldn’t catch them.”
All is not loss for UP thanks to their twice-to-beat incentive, and all the team has to do is to beat UST once and for all to book their second straight trip to the Finals against Ateneo Blue Eagles.
After all, it wouldn’t matter for UST if they lost their one game against UP.
“Yun nga ang sinasabi ko sa kanila – we were blessed enough. We have to get back to the work we did in order to get to that position,” Perasol explained.