Adamson head coach Kenneth Duremdes. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University head coach Kenneth Duremdes chalked up their record-breaking performance against National University (NU) to a bad shooting day, noting that the Soaring Falcons were running their plays but simply could not buy a basket.
The Soaring Falcons scored a measly 25 points against the Bulldogs on Wednesday, the lowest scoring output of a UAAP team since 2003. They had only nine field goals the entire game – one of which was courtesy of a goal-tending violation by NU.
"It's a bad shooting day," Duremdes told reporters after the game. "We were executing our plays. Siguro, 'yung confidence noong mga players, when they started missing their open shots, pati 'yung depensa naapektuhan."
"Sa mga young guys, madaling mawalan ng confidence eh. So it's a learning process for them," he added. "If you had a bad game, it's an adjustment for everybody, and that includes us as coaches."
Still, it was disappointing to see the Falcons fall apart after having come close to a breakthrough against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers in their previous game, Duremdes said.
"It's the total opposite today from what happened against UST," he said. "They were making their shots, and we're not making ours. Worse is, parang sabay-sabay lahat nag-off."
Duremdes, however, took the responsibility for the historic defeat.
"We took responsibility for this as coaches, and we'll do better. We'll adjust to the offense that we don't have right now," he said.
The PBA legend also said not only were his players down, but "the whole Adamson community and supporters are down."
"Again, that's our job. We have to motivate our players," he said. "Sila ay madaling maapektuhan dahil mga bata pa eh, but I can see in their eyes that they accepted the loss."
"Bottom line today is, they made their shots, and we didn't," Duremdes stressed. "'Yun talaga ang naging takbo ng game ngayon."
"Nangyayari talaga, 'yun ang pinapaliwanag ko sa kanila. But then again, kung may extra effort lang today, which is, wala eh. Flat from the start."
The road does not get any easier for the Falcons as they will face the defending champions De La Salle Green Archers next.
"Hopefully, we don't repeat the same situation today," Duremdes said. "I'm hoping that with this loss, we have to respond well. It's back to the drawing board again."
"We know that (La Salle is) a very, very strong team. Again, we just have to play. We have to play to our capabilities right now, kung ano ang makakaya namin. Doon pa rin kami and we will stick with our program," he added.
The loss was Adamson's fourth straight of the season. They have lost games by an average of 21.75 points this season, and average a league-worst 50.8 points per game.