Adamson head coach Kenneth Duremdes. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Adamson head coach Kenneth Duremdes is fervently wishing that the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws will "relax" during their UAAP Season 77 game on Wednesday and give the Falcons a chance to pull off an upset.
This comes after Duremdes saw FEU nearly stumble against the University of the Philippines (UP) in their previous match. The Tamaraws needed a 7-0 blast in the final two minutes to hold off the Fighting Maroons.
After their loss to De La Salle University on Saturday, Duremdes said he was not surprised at how FEU played against UP.
"Masyadong nag-relax ang FEU," he said. "Kasi, ganyan ang nangyayari palagi. After a hard-fought game against La Salle, the following game, magre-relax talaga. Relaxed talaga sila kasi tinalo nila La Salle, and they're in the number one spot now, and they're playing a lesser team in UP."
"Hopefully, ganoon din 'yung approach nila sa amin on Wednesday," Duremdes said. "Sana 'yung mentality when they played against UP, ganoon pa rin sa amin."
The Tamaraws currently hold the No. 1 spot in the league standings with a 9-2 win-loss record. They will again play without head coach Nash Racela, who is with the national team in Spain.
Assistant coach Eric Gonzales, who took the reins in Racela's absence, is hoping for the exact opposite scenario that Duremdes wants.
Gonzales admitted after their game against UP that inconsistency remains a problem for the Tamaraws.
"Kapag mahina ang kalaban, 'yung mga players namin talagang nagre-relax. Kapag kalaban, mga La Salle, mga big games, sila kahit hindi mo i-motivate, magpapakamatay," he said.
Gonzales, however, believes that their close shave against UP will be enough of a wake-up call for the Tamaraws.
"Coming to Adamson, kapag hindi pa natuto 'yung mga players, ewan ko na lang," he said.