UAAP: 'Mas masipag ang FEU,' Adamson coach admits

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2019 09:32 PM

UAAP: 'Mas masipag ang FEU,' Adamson coach admits 1
Adamson head coach Onyok Getigan. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University succumbed to its fourth consecutive loss in gutting fashion on Sunday, bowing to Far Eastern University (FEU) in an exhausting five-set war at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The game started in promising fashion, as the Lady Falcons rallied to claim a thrilling 32-30 win in the opening set. They went up two sets to one over the Lady Tamaraws, but could not get the job done as FEU bucked injuries to two players and hacked out a five-set triumph.

Adamson coach Onyok Getigan was pleased that they drew first blood in the match, but lamented their lethargic play down the stretch that ultimately caused their loss.

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"Maraming bola na bumagsak sa amin na walang effort," said Getigan, after the Lady Falcons absorbed the 32-30, 20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 13-15 defeat.

"Alam mo 'yun, na parang isang hakbang lang kuha mo na 'yung bola, ano ba naman 'yung kumilos ka lang. Para naman sa team 'yun," he added.

For the coach, it was clear that FEU simply outworked them, and that showed in the fourth set when the Lady Tams recovered from a slow start to force a deciding frame.

"Kanina, mas masipag ang FEU kesa sa amin," Getigan admitted.

Without naming names, Getigan also said pointedly that some of his players would lose focus during the crucial stretch of the match.

"May mga player talaga na, hindi ko sinasabing tamad, pero minsan natutulala eh," he explained. "Lalo pag crucial, pag nasa winning point na, minsan doon pa nagpapabaya. Kulang sa kapit."

Adamson had shown its fighting spirit in the fifth frame, when they recovered from a deficit to tie the count at 11 – only for them to give up a service ace that allowed FEU to surge ahead once more. 

They knotted the count at 13 for the last time, but gave up a tough attack to Jerrili Malabanan. The end came when Bern Flora pushed what should have been a free ball a little too long.

Getigan is hopeful that the Lady Falcons can change these bad habits as they head into the final stretch of the season. Adamson remains at the bottom of the standings with a 1-7 win-loss record, and they need to win the rest of their games just to have a chance at the Final 4.

"Unti-unti, nagbabago na sila eh. Medyo sumusunod na rin. Kahit na maliit na bagay lang 'yun, masaya na rin ako," said the coach.

"Kasi noong tinanggap ko 'yung coaching, ang dami ko nakita talaga na alam niyo 'yun, walang disiplina eh. Pero unti-unti, binabago na," he added.

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