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Chauca on Adamson’s tough loss to UP: ‘It’s on me’
by Niel Victor Masoy, October 21, 2019 9:02pm
Val Chauca said he’s taking the blame in Adamson University’s (AdU) heartbreaking 81-77 loss to University of the Philippines (UP) Sunday at the Ynares Center.
“It’s on me, I take full responsibility," remarked the one-and-done Filipino-Peruvian guard.
Chauca actually started the said contest well as he cashed in 17 points in the first half. The problem was that the 5-foot-9 guard went cold in the final two quarters, scoring two points only, and even made costly turnovers in the final canto.
Those errors helped pave the way for the Fighting Maroons to come back from 12 points down (60-72) in the fourth quarter and beat the Soaring Falcons anew.
“Just turned the ball over a lot. As a veteran, coach Franz (Pumaren) expects a lot more leadership from me and I can’t make mistakes like that. I had the ball in my hand and made errant passes. I just have to be more deliberate with my decisions,” said Chauca.
“Definitely, I'm disappointed with myself. I pretty much worked my whole life to get to this point at this stage, and that was a heartbreaker. That one hurt a lot," Chauca said of the defeat.
In the fourth quarter, Chauca admitted he was just trying not to lose instead of playing hard until the final buzzer sounds.
“In the fourth, I was thinking more of killing the clock instead of playing basketball. When we start doing that, you're gonna make bad decisions," he said.
“So I think, I should stay aggressive whether it's the third or fourth quarter. That way, I can make more deliberate decisions."
But it was what it was for Chauca and the Soaring Falcons, who slid to the sixth spot with a 4-7 slate in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Men's basketball tournament.
That being said, Adamson needs to win all of its three remaining games to give itself a chance to make the Final Four.
“We need three in a row. I think if we win three in a row, it will put us in a good position (to make the Final Four).
“At this point, we’re just looking forward to FEU (Far Eastern University) on Wednesday and that’ll be big for us. All eyes on FEU."
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