MANILA, Philippines – The Adamson Falcons have yet to win a game in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament but acting head coach Vince Hizon said they remain positive as he believes the team has already shown great improvement.
The Falcons came close to a breakthrough last weekend against the University of Santo Tomas (UST), but wound up losing 61-59 due to their inability to grab crucial rebounds in the endgame.
"We were unsuccessful in getting offensive rebounds and just gave up too many extra possessions. I give credit to UST; they really went hard on the offensive glass and exposed our ceiling deficiencies," said Hizon, who is handling head coaching duties in the absence of Kenneth Duremdes.
The loss was Adamson's eighth in a row this season, and they remain at the bottom of the league standings. Despite this, Hizon said he is "very positive."
"The guys are very aggressive, and they're trying to look for good things on offense. We just ran out of steam again," he said. "Some guys played a lot of minutes, but ganoon talaga. That's how it is."
"The team is still learning, still growing. We are trying to improve as fast as possible," he added.
Hizon also expressed his belief that the Falcons are now a far better team than they were at the start of the season, when they lost to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
"We got guys who are learning, and they're trying their best to improve, and I give them credit," he said. "We'll definitely be a team that will always improve, especially from now until even the next UAAP season."
The one thing that the Falcons need to learn quickly is how to sustain their effort for 40 minutes, and not just for a half or for three quarters, said Hizon.
"In games past, we always got beat in the third quarter, without fail. Every game in the entire first round. (Against UST) was the first time we actually won the third quarter, so we stay positive," he said.
"But playing 30 minutes against playing 35, 37 – that's a whole different thing. I think tonight (against UST), we played maybe 36, 37 minutes of quality basketball," he added. "After that, that's it."