UAAP: L-Jay Gonzales says defense needs to improve after 3-4 FEU starts

L-J Gonzalez Fire UAAP

FEU’s L-Jay Gonzales goes for a layup. Photo from UAAP

MANILA, Philippines – L-J Gonzalez says Far Eastern University must improve its defenses and develop its team chemistry if it starts 3-4 in the second round of the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Gonzalez delivered his best game of the season with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal but the FEU lost to the University of the Philippines, 76-83, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

The playmaker, who hails from Isabella, said his team made mistakes in their defense, especially in the last game.

“Defense will help us win games, not crime,” said Gonzalez in the Filipino. “We have to perform our plays properly and follow our coaches.”

The FEU has yet to see a strong combo of Gonzalez and RJ Abriantos, who had a deadly backcourt with Baby Tams, as the pair have played in their previous seven games.

Gonzalez, however, insisted that it was not about their pairing because everyone should take action to make their team successful.

“We have to help each other. Because this game is not about personal talent, we should work as a team, ”he said. “We have to deal with our shortcomings and improve on the things we lacked in the first round.”

Gonzalez also said that the ankle injury has not completely healed yet.

For coach Olsen Wrestler, an uneven start by Thames is part of the team’s growing pains that he hopes to overcome in the next round next season.

“We have new players in our team. They are still growing. We are using these games to enhance. We hope they grow in the second round. We can make a run to make it to the final four, ”said Resella.

As FEU began its second-round campaign against Adamson on Holy Tuesday, Gonzalez vowed that their first round would be an inspiration to improve their position.

“Our first round rate will be our inspiration. We don’t want to be a burden to our coaches anymore because they have made a lot of sacrifices for us. We need to be inspired, that’s the right thing to do, “said Gonzalez.

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