University of Perpetual Help System DALTA head coach Myk Saguiguit admitted that Emilio Aguinaldo College was simply the team that wanted the win more as the Altas absorbed a stinging 75-67 loss on Wednesday in the NCAA Season 99.
Saguiguit said his players struggled to connect from the field as teamwork wasn't present in their team.
As a group, the Altas shot 0-of-28 from downtown against the Generals' nine while they went 24-of-55 from the two-point area.
They also had 11 assists compared to the 19 of EAC.
"Parang nag-solo ‘yung mga players ko kanina and aside from that, in fairness sa EAC, they ran their game pretty well," Saguiguit added.
"Ang ganda ng ginawa nila, everyone from them gusto talagang manalo."
(It seemed like the players were playing individually and aside from that, in fairness to EAC, they ran their game pretty well. What they did was impressive, everyone from the team wanted to win.)
But Saguiguit also credited the Generals for an impressive start to their season.
Last season, EAC finished last among all 10 teams with a 3-15 win-loss card. They then had a tough preseason following the exit of star big man Allen Liwag, who had since transferred to Benilde, as well as former head coach Oliver Bunyi.
Perpetual, meanwhile, looks to make the most out of the next few days before they plunge back to action against Lyceum of the Philippines University on Saturday.
"Gumanda ‘yung programa nila kaya ‘yung laro nila kanina parang different EAC talaga," Saguiguit added.
"Kahit natalo kami, sinabi ko sa mga players ko na it’s just a one game and babawi kami sa next game against Lyceum."
(Their program is improving that's why their game earlier was really different. Even if we lost, I told my players that this is just one game and we will bounce back against Lyceum.)
—JKC, GMA Integrated News