MANILA, Philippines – Despite the University of the Philippines leading 3-0, Carl Tamayo believes the Fighting Maroons still have plenty of room for improvement in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament.
Striker Gilas Pilipinas came to the rescue during the return period, scoring eight of his 16 points to prop up Far Eastern University, 73-67, for their third straight win on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tamayo, who shot 6 out of 13 from the field, and got six rebounds, three assists and a steal, was happy to earn another win but he thinks the Fighting Maroons still need to be more consistent.
“I am very happy but there is still a lot of work to be done for our team. We had a huge lead in the first half, then suddenly the FEU took the lead after the first half,” he said in Filipino referring to their 20-6 start to the game.
Despite that, the 6m 7 tall big man is pleased with the way they have performed under pressure in the past three matches.
“I think the good thing is that our team never stops in any of the situations we face. The team is ready to face this kind of pressure. We could play inconsistently but at least at the end of the day we accepted and overcame the pressure and still got the win,” said Tamayo.
While they may have remained undefeated so far, the 21-year-old sophomore hopes UP continues to reach their full potential as their title-sustaining drive this season continues.
“There is still a huge gap for improvement. It was only the first game of the season, our third game. This is not over yet. We will go through more challenges,” said Tamayo. “I think as the season goes on we will improve even more. And hopefully if we get to four finals, the whole team will be solid in terms of consistency. “
Tamayo opened fire for his fourth win over high school when UP played National University (1-1) on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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