MANILA – For the University of the Philippines coaches, Henry Galinato’s critical miss at the end of the Fighting Maroons’ Game 2 loss in the UAAP Season 85 Men’s Basketball Finals was simply part of the game. .
When the Fighting Maroons dropped 15 points in the middle of the fourth quarter, Carl Tamayo kicked off a run capped by Terrence Fortea’s trio to reduce the deficit to just nine, 63-54, leaving 4:46 .
Galinato found an opening below, but he missed an effort to throw the ball into an empty spot that could have shortened the lead to seven. The crucial miss appeared to have halted the momentum of UP, who scored just one point for the rest of the game, helping Ateneo live another day.
UP assistant coach Christian Luanzon insists Galinato’s miss was not caused Losing 65-55 to the Blue Eagles.
“I do not think so. Even if it happens on the last swing, you know there are a lot of things in a basketball game that affect the outcome and I think it’s not fair for any player to just because one moments in the game,” Luanzon said. “Obviously, if he does that, it’s going to be huge. I think it will reduce the lead to seven, momentum is slowly building on our side.”
Luanzon added their slow start to the first half was one of the biggest factors in their second consecutive championship party being ruined by the Blue Eagles as well as their poor drop, 21/66 from Yard.
“Obviously in Game 1 we were on the other end. While Ateneo was catching up. Coaches always say that no one wins in the first half but the first half always has a big impact on the outcome of the game and how the second half plays out. So far, it’s a first half series. So that’s key for both teams,” he said.
Galinato, who scored two points and won three rebounds after 10 minutes of play, was disappointed to leave the Big Dome.
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UP coach Goldwin Monteverde said he understood his big man was also emotional after his best friend Zavier Lucero suffered a left knee injury and had an MRI on Thursday.
“Matalo ka sa sitwasyon na ito, hindi ka magiging tanggapin frenzy. Yung Nangyari kay Zavier kanina…si Henry, very close to kay Zavier. Siyempre naisip niya ang kaibigan niya, hindi natin na-expect na madali give him ang pinagdaanan,” said Monteverde.
(When you lose in this situation, it’s not easy to accept. And Henry is very close to Zavier. He worries about his friend. We can’t expect this to be easy for him.)
Monteverde wants Galinato and the Fighting Maroons to move on and focus on their last chance to win a second consecutive title in 2022 in Game 3 on Monday.
“The important ang group ay hindi susuko nang ganoon. The important thing is Monday, he said. (The important thing is that my team won’t give up. We’ll get up on Monday.)
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