MANILA, Philippines – Adamson veterans Don Trollano and Ryan Monteclaro remain optimistic that the Falcons can earn a breakthrough win in Season 77. But they also admit that they need to double their effort with just five games left in their schedule.
Adamson slumped to its ninth straight defeat of the season on Wednesday, bowing to National University (NU), 50-71. For a while they remained competitive against the Bulldogs, even taking a brief 14-10 lead.
But Adamson scored only two points in the second period, and their hopes of an upset vanished when NU scored 22 unanswered points.
"Siyempre, optimistic pa rin kami," point guard Monteclaro said after the game. "Positive na lang kami every game na hopefully, makakuha kami ng isa o dalawa before the season ends."
"Gusto ko rin naman manalo," added Trollano, who scored a team-high 15 points against NU. "Last year ko na, ayokong walang panalo kami."
Monteclaro said that if they hope to win a single game this season, they need to double their effort cross the board.
"'Yung line-up kasi, medyo undermanned talaga," he said. "Maraming rookies. Siguro, doble lang ang effort sa lahat ng bagay. Wala kaming advantage sa lahat ng position eh, so tulong-tulong lang talaga."
Trollano, meanwhile, called out their big men. "Kailangan trumabaho ng doble 'yung mga big man namin," he said. "Kasi sa amin, wala talaga kaming katulong. Big man, wala, hindi sila nagdo-dominate."
Monteclaro, who is playing in his final season for the Falcons, said they owe it to the Adamson community to keep trying for a win despite the struggles they've had this season.
"Kasi 'yung crowd ng Adamson, win or lose andiyan palagi," he said. "Sila 'yung nagbibigay sa amin ng fire. Kahit alam namin na out na kami, go, laro lang, laban lang."
"May pressure na din kasi ayaw namin maging winless season 'di ba, plus 'yung mga tao, nakakahiya naman sa mga tao, sa Adamson community. And'yan sila win or lose, tapos hindi kami magpe-perform," he also said.
Adamson has officially been eliminated from Final Four contention following their loss to NU. They next face the University of the East on Sunday.