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Kevin Quiambao reflects on UP defense and takes accountability for La Salle loss

Kevin Quiambao confessed that La Salle was caught off guard by the University of the Philippines in their blowout loss in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Quiambao, who had been named the Season Most Valuable Player the same day, was not himself, being limited to 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Additionally, he was a minus 22 in La Salle’s 97-67 defeat.

“For me, nagulat ako sa different looks na binigay nila and ‘di ako nakapag adjust kaagad and ayun my fault rin syempre kasi isa ako sa mga leader ng team. Kailangan ko lang mag adjust and kailangan ko lang mag move on sa larong ‘to,” Quiambao said.

“I think hindi lang kami nakapag execute nang maayos and ayun nga na out of system kami. Good thing tapos na tong Game One, move on na kami sa Game 2,” he added.

“I think yung resiliency ng team is hindi namin nakita throughout the game and madami kaming kailangang i work on lalo na sa sarili ko kasi ayun nga isa ako sa inaasahan ng team so kailangan ko lang i-improve kung ano pa yung pwede kong i-improve,” said Quiambao.

The La Salle star remains unfazed and vows to bounce back and play true to form in the next game. He is solely focused on keeping La Salle’s title hopes alive and force a rubber match.

“For me, hindi ko nanaman iniisip yung MVP award, siguro iisipin ko lang kung ano yung kailangan namin next game dahil sobrang halaga na ng Game Two,” Quiambao said.