Disappointment was painted in Papi Sarr’s face as Adamson suffered its first loss of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Cameroonian big man was among the last to leave the Soaring Falcons’ dugout after the match, soaking in what just happened and trying to figure out what to do next.
“We had lapses, made mental mistakes,” said Sarr, who had 15 points and 14 rebounds but made a crucial turnover that led to a breakaway basket by FEU late in overtime.
And while the loss stings, Sarr doesn’t want it to define their season. After all, he knows how hard the Tamaraws game-planned for the erstwhile unbeaten squad.
“FEU was prepared,” he said. “Like what coach Franz said, the rest of the games they will be loud. They will make a target on us.”
True enough, the Tamaraws delivered their best performance of the tournament while surviving the disqualification of scoring savant Arvin Tolentino late in regulation.
With five days to process and recover, Sarr set his sights on their next foe: La Salle.
“That’s it, we lost today. It’s time to now bounce back for next game,” he said. “Right now we cannot afford another loss. We’re gonna be prepared against La Salle. We’re gonna bounce back that’s for sure. I can assure you that we’re gonna come out very strong.”