UAAP: Sans Perasol, UP fails to find form

UP must be glad that they can move on from this one already.

Already reeling from coach Bo Perasol’s one game suspension, the Fighting Maroons were dealt another black eye as FEU scored an 89-73 decision Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan to pile on their miseries.

The Diliman-based Maroons fell by as much as 25 points in the game and had to deal with five Tamaraws, led by a flawless Prince Orizu (15 points on 7-for-7 shooting), scoring in double figures against them.

They tried to mount a comeback in the fourth period, though, and even outscored the Tamaraws, 27-20, but the hole they fell in during the first three quarters proved to be too much to overcome.

The team, however, is not making Perasol’s absence as an excuse.

“We all did everything we did in practice. We prepared well for the game, it’s just about how we execute everything the same way we did in practice. It wasn’t really about Coach Bo’s absence. We should have been better, but we didn’t do a good job enough,” center Bright Akhuetie told after the game.

“Nakakapanghinayang kasi wala si coach Bo, bibigay namin ‘yung laro na ‘to para sa kanya kaso ‘yung result ng game talo. Babawi na lang,” team captain Paul Desiderio said.

UP also allowed FEU to shoot 52.4 percent from the field and 41 percent on threes (9-for-22)— the best marks from any team so far this tournament.

Their next assignment will be a tough one, as UP will be going up against an Adamson squad that will stake their undefeated slate.

Good thing that they’ll have Perasol back by then.

“Sabi ko lang ‘heads up.’ Kumbaga kung ano nangyari, kalimutan na kasi may Wednesday pa kami eh,” Desiderio said.

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