UP Closes 1st Round With Crushing Loss vs. Adamson
The UP Fighting Maroons closed out the first round of UAAP Season 74’s Senior Men’s Basketball with a bitter and crushing defeat, 72-46, in the hands of the Adamson Soaring Falcons.
Recognizing the lethal potential of UP to pull off an upset, Coach Leo Austria and his boys wasted no time and possession just to make sure they can pull away as far as they can from the Maroons, who now dropped to seven, tied up with the NU Bulldogs, 2-5. After a low scoring first quarter, 8-6, the Falcons pulled away at the end of the half with a 12 point lead, 35-23, led by their veteran leader Alex Nuyles, who notched 21 points for the San Marcelino-based squad.
It got uglier from then on for the Maroons, as Lester Alvarez joined the fray for the scoring binge of Adamson, who had already dropped six treys over the hapless Maroons. Halfway through the final quarter, Adamson kept the rampage going with a 62-39 lead. What seemed to be a working defense for UP during the early minutes of the game was lost the rest of the game. Their offense, obviously, wasn’t there as well.
Some analysts see these crushing defeats by UP in the last two games (UST beat them by 19), as an outcome of the upset they pulled off against FEU. UP’s second win over the now third seeded Tamaraws had earned UP a target on their backs as the “team to avoid losing to” especially for the top seeded teams. Coach Leo was quoted to have said his fear for the Maroons possibly beating them. But, more than just the fear of earning shame for losing to UP, the comment seems to be more of respect for what UP brings into the tables as far as their ball play is concerned.
The UP faithfuls remain positive it will be a different second round for the Maroons, who are aiming to break the stigma of their winning percentage the last four seasons.
The teams won’t be resting much, as they are already scheduled to face off starting Sunday. UP will immediately square off with UST on Sunday.
And as always, UP will still be fighting to up to their last game.