MANILA, Philippines — L-Jay Gonzales mentioned Far Eastern University should enhance on its protection and develop its crew chemistry whether it is to rise from a 3-4 begin within the second spherical of UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball event.
Gonzales delivered his greatest sport of the season but with 20 factors, eight rebounds, two assists, and a steal however FEU fell to University of the Philippines, 76-83, on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The playmaker, who hails from Isabela, mentioned his crew had lapses on their protection, particularly within the endgame.
“Defense will make us win games, not offense,” mentioned Gonzales in Filipino. “We have to properly execute our plays and follow our coaches.”
FEU has but to see the potent combo of Gonzales and RJ Abarrientos, who have been a lethal backcourt with the Baby Tams, because the duo took turns of their earlier seven video games.
But Gonzales harassed it’s not about their duo as everybody ought to step up for his or her crew to achieve success.
“We have to help each other. Because this sport is not about individual talent, we should work as a team,” he mentioned. “We have to work on our lapses and improve the things we lacked in the first round.”
Gonzales additionally bared his ankle harm will not be but totally healed.
For coach Olsen Racela, the Tams’ inconsistent begin is a part of the crew’s rising pains that he hopes to beat within the subsequent spherical for them to make it to the postseason.
“We have new players in the team. They’re still growing. We’re using these games to grow. We’re hoping that they will grow in the second round. We can make a run to make it to the Final Four,” Racela mentioned.
As FEU opens its second spherical marketing campaign on Holy Tuesday in opposition to Adamson, Gonzales vowed that their sluggish first spherical will likely be their motivation to enhance on their standing.
“Our first round losses will be our motivation. We don’t want to be a burden to our coaches anymore because they made a lot of sacrifices for us. We have to be motivated, that’s the right thing to do,” Gonzales mentioned.
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