MANILA, Philippines – Adamson head coach Kenneth Duremdes believes his players have shown steady improvement throughout the UAAP Season 77 tournament even if their record has yet to reflect it.
The Soaring Falcons have yet to win a single game this season, although they came close twice against the University of Santo Tomas and were also in the mix against University of the East before fading in the end.
"We're being positive and we're happy, dahil nandoon eh. Sabihin natin na medyo late na, because (it's) the second round, but it's normal," said Duremdes after the loss to UE last weekend, which was their 10th in a row.
Duremdes noted that most of their players barely got any playing time in the previous season.
"(Dawn) Ochea didn't play last year, so ngayon lang talaga siya nagkaroon ng experience ng full game. Ang medyo maraming playing time lang last year ay si (Ryan) Montelcaro, (Jansen) Rios and (Don) Trollano," he said.
"But those players were off the bench last year. Imagine, ngayon lang sila nagka-experience na sila 'yung take charge, sila 'yung nauubos 'yung hangin sa loob," he added.
"Unti-unti, kapag nabigyan na ng mga exposure sa game, magi-improve 'yan, definitely."
The Falcons were able to keep in step with the Red Warriors for three quarters, only to get blown out in the fourth period when UE found their stroke from behind the arc.
"Kapos talaga," he admitted. "'Yun lang talaga ang kayang ibigay ng team. Pigang-piga na 'yun. But we're seeing positive sides."
Duremdes pointed to their lack of bench production as a reason for the loss, noting that they only got nine points from their bench.
"For us, kapag nilabas mo si Trollano at Rios, ang laki ng difference noong talent. Kaya pag nag-shuffle na kami ng players, doon na kami nalalayuan. 'Yun ng nagiging problema namin," he said.
Still, Duremdes continues to be hopeful and looks at the positive side of things, even pointing out that his players were able to out-rebound the Red Warriors despite being the smaller team.
"We're happy about that, because nakita mo 'yung effort ng players," he said.