Adversities continue to hound the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons as they fall prey to the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons under a 33-point slip, 50-83, in the second round of the UAAP Season 82 Women’s Basketball Tournament today at Ynares Center Antipolo.
The Lady Maroons had no match to AdU’s surprise bomb, Nathalia Prado, who towed the Lady Falcons to victory with record-breaking 40 points. Rookie Rei Sanchez led UP in a losing effort with 13 markers, whilst Pat Pesquera fired the defense with 17 rebounds on top of seven points.
The season-high 52 turnovers of the Lady Maroons, which allowed the Lady Falcons to convert 47 points from, was something Head Coach Paul Ramos hopes to improve on.
“In the first half, we were doing our job. [In the] second half, when we had a little bit of challenges, a lot of the players were not ready yet. They could still not find themselves to continue to do their tasks and that’s why it blew out to that proportion,” he said.
State U was off to a hot start, 15-17, but eventually lost steam as they committed 23 turnovers against Falcons’ eight to end the first half trailing, 28-32.
Prado-led Adamson went on a scoring rampage in the second half, limiting the Diliman-based squad with seven buckets in the third frame, 35-52.
This performance did not surprise Ramos saying, “When Adamson played better [in the second half], we were not ready to play in that level yet. Yung competitive level, hindi pa nandoon sa level na I am hoping for.”
UP remained lifeless against the more aggressive Adamson who did not stop the purge in the fourth frame as the latter drained 31 more baskets to seal the match at 50-83.
Despite a lackluster outing, the head tactician had positive takeaways and believes that winning is a process of improving that takes day by day.
“We are taking it day by day. It’s hard for us if we just focus on winning. What we try to achieve is in every practice and every game, we try to get better,” he said.
With their next opponent, National University (NU), riding a historic winning streak in the Women’s division, Ramos remains receptive on the experience they would be getting as they matchup on October 23 at Araneta Coliseum.
“Every game, we try to find ways [on] how to learn and get better,” he said.
QUARTER SCORES: 15-17, 28-32, 35-52, 50-83