Simon Camacho was unhappy Bright Akhuetie made the game-winning basket over him in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four last Saturday, but he vows to bounce back when Adamson fights for dear life in do-or-die Game 2.
The versatile forward was caught flying on the lob pass by Juan Gomez de Liano and was a split second late in contesting Akhuetie, who made the bank shot to propel UP to a 73-71 triumph at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Camacho said coach Franz Pumaren already diagrammed what the Fighting Maroons would do in that final play, but admitted he was late in his decision-making and added there was miscommunication between him and Papi Sarr, allowing Akhuetie to finish the win uncontested.
Nonetheless, he and the Soaring Falcons never gave up even when the Diliman side built double-digit leads in the final canto.
“Gusto lang talaga namin manalo kanina. And kung matatalo kami, di kami papayag na malaki yung lamang nila,” he said. “Laban lang. Muntik pa kami manalo. Nagkaron lang kami ng lapses nung huli.”
Heading into a winner-take-all battle, Camacho has one promise to the Adamson community.
“Sa Wednesday, ipinapangako namin sa buong Adamson community na babawi kami.”