You will rarely see Simon Camacho slack off on defense or take plays off when Adamson doesn’t have the ball in their hands.
So when the Soaring Falcons struggled defensively in the middle quarters against FEU last Sunday, it was a hard thing to watch for the San Marcelino squad’s newfound spark plug.
“Siguro medyo yung defense nung una, walang effort,” he said in the wake of Adamson’s 85-88 loss to the Tamaraws at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Nakahabol lang tayo noong nagkaroon na ng effort, nag-uusap na lahat.”
It has been a recurring theme for the Falcons in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament so far, when they will have a dry spell and allow their foes to build double-digit spreads, only to storm back and take the win.
And while they have won most of their close games so far, Camacho doesn’t want the team to be complacent and start pushing on the pedal just as the match begins.
“Kung nakita mo halos lahat ng games natin, sa una medyo nagiging flat,” he shared. “Then sa third and fourth quarter na lang tayo naglalaro talaga e. So siguro kung sa starting buzzer and end buzzer ganun talaga yung laro natin, siguro magiging okay tayo.”
The defensive whiz out of Cavite, who leads Adamson in blocks and is second in rebounds, implored his teammates to come out of the gates rushing and don’t give their opponents a chance to establish themselves.
“Sa una pa lang, walang mag rerelax, go hard agad,” he said, while promising that this loss will only do better for the Falcons in the long run.
“Itong loss namin na to magiging wake-up call na to. Itong next game ibang Adamson na makikita niyo.”