University of the Philippines (UP) head coach Bo Perasol took the blame for his team’s 79-87 loss to Ateneo de Manila University in the Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.
And the charismatic mentor promised to do a better job in checking his emotions in the coming games.
“I just had to be better as a coach,” said Perasol, who faces a one-game suspension following his ejection against the Blue Eagles in the fourth period of their highly-physical encounter at the Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday.
“I have to make sure that I will be with them during those times. No matter what happens, I had to be accountable no matter how bad the calls are going to be.”
“We fought hard and I think we had the right attitude going to that game. It’s just that we lost this game in the end. This is going to be a learning process,” he added.
Perasol stormed into the court after a non-foul call on UP center Bright Akhuetie, who attempted to dunk the ball over Blue Eagles rookie William Navarro.
The Fighting Maroons mentor felt that the Nigerian center was fouled in that play that’s why he confronted the game officials inside the court. He was given a disqualifying foul that resulted to automatic ejection.
“I think that Bright got fouled in there, then the landing spot. It was a series of event,” said Perasol, also citing the free throws disparity in the match where the defending champion was awarded 31 bonus shots compared to UP’s seven.
The loss spoiled the career-game of Juan Gomez de Liano, who exploded for personal-best of 29 points, and the near triple-double performance of Akhuetie, who finished with eight points, 11 rebounds, nine assists.