For Jerrick Ahanmisi, Adamson’s loss to Ateneo was pretty simple to explain.
“We just didn’t follow coach Franz’s system. That’s all,” he said. “We fell away from what we’re supposed to do.”
And for a team not reliant on blue-chippers, that was all that needed to happen for the Soaring Falcons to fall against the Blue Eagles.
Ahanmisi and fellow veterans Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti teamed up for 25 points, but made just eight of 32 attempts — a paltry 25% — and combined for eight turnovers and two assists.
Point guard Jerom Lastimosa had eight turnovers unto himself while Egie Boy Mojica, Simon Camacho and Keith Zaldivar — players who had at least 19 minutes of court action — could only produce a grand total of seven points on 3/13 shooting.
There were blown coverages, missed point-blank shots and even crazy turnovers off inbounds, all recipes for disaster and all because they didn’t stick to the plan hatched by coach Franz Pumaren.
“It was we didn’t play our game. We were in a rush too much,” Ahanmisi added. “We didn’t execute anything that coach Franz told us to do during the game.”
All is not lost, however, for the San Marcelino squad, as they get a chance to quickly bounce back against Final Four hopeful UST on Wednesday.
“We just gotta practice hard and make sure everybody is still in the right mind, everybody still wants to win a championship,” he said.