Back to the drawing board.
The De La Salle Green Archers were outworked, outhustled, and outmatched by the UP Fighting Maroons in Game 1 of the best-of-three UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball finals on Wednesday.
The Green Archers' embarrassing 30-point defeat will go down as the largest losing margin in the UAAP finals in the Final Four era.
Luckily for them, they're still not out. They still have a few days to prepare for Game 2, which is set on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Coach Topex Robinson, who refused to give any excuses for La Salle's loss, is looking to specifically prepare his team for one certain aspect of the finals.
"We didn’t get the memo that this is gonna be, as far as the physicality of the game is, (this physical). We have to be ready that it’s gonna be the same (in Game 2),” Robinson said during the postgame press conference.
“At this point, as much as we want to complain about some things, we just want to really focus on ourselves. There's no time for us to really cry over spilled milk,” he added.
While the Fighting Maroons displayed a convincing and dominant performance in Game 1, the Green Archers are looking to prove their doubters wrong and force a winner-take-all Game 3.
“We know what championship basketball is all about and we know what it takes, and we just have to really be prepared for that and make preparations for our game on Sunday,” said Robinson.
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Just last season, UP also won Game 1 of the finals but still lost the crown to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.(PM)