|Paul Desiderio admits being guarded by Ben Mbala took away his game when UP was shackled by La Salle.|
SAN JUAN -- EVERYTHING WENT WRONG IN THE FIRST HALF.
That's what UP's Paul Desiderio and coach Bo Perasol conceded just minutes after La Salle got its well deserved payback in their second round tiff in San Juan Arena.
Perasol later conceded that they have to play their best to have a chance against the reigning UAAP kings.
"Everything went wrong in the first half. I always maintained that you cannot have a chance against a powerhouse like La Salle if you don't bring your best game," the former Ateneo mentor said when interviewed by Dugout Philippines minutes after the Green Archers mauled the Fighting Maroons by 23.
For the skipper, he was shocked to guard the reigning MVP Ben Mbala at small forward, baring that it took the fight out of them.
"First quarter pa lang, naiilang ako parati. Pagdating ng second, wala akong choice kundi bantayan ko siya," Desiderio said, as he was limited to just seven points all game long.
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