ADAMSON seeks to rebound from its shock overtime loss to Far Eastern University against La Salle in a game capping first round action today in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Falcons aim to regain the top spot heading into the crucial second round in their 4 p.m. tussle with the Green Archers - a rematch of their previous two Final Four showdowns.
Avoiding last place is what on University of the East and National University’s minds in the curtain raiser at 2 p.m.
After starting the season with five straight victories, the pressure of maintaining its perfect run has caved in for Adamson.
In the 85-88 loss to the Tamaraws last Sunday, the Falcons rallied from 17 points to force overtime, but the San Marcelino-based squad went without a field goal from there.
“We just have to make sure that it’s 40 minutes, 45 minutes of really good basketball,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren.
“It’s just a learning experience for us I guess. I think this type of game will make us a stronger and better team down the road,” he added.
La Salle hopes to learn the lessons of its 55-71 defeat to bitter rival Ateneo last week, especially in sharing the ball.
The Archers could only muster three assists - a season-low - as coach Louie Gonzalez hopes to gain maturity against a Falcons ready for a big rebound.
”All of my athletes right now, they’re relying on the system. With that kind of game, you have to get away from the system before returning to it,” said Gonzalez.