The men’s senior basketball team is lagging behind in the team standings as it absorbed a 1-3 scorecard in the first round of the UAAP Season 72 men’s basketball games as of July 28, 2009. Its only win came at the expense of the University of the Philippines, notching a 72-68 victory, while suffering heartbreaking losses to the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers (75-76), Far Eastern University Tamaraws (60-63), and De La Salle University Green Archers (63-64).
In their opening day loss to UST, the Falcons had played catch-up to the Tigers but were unable to fully edge their opponents. A big number of turnovers and low shooting percentage crippled the game. The team also appeared to have the upper hand against FEU, taking charge at least three-fourths of the game, but ultimately choked at the end due to errors.
Perhaps it is the loss against La Salle that stings the most. The Falcons had appeared to be on the verge of the 2-2 scorecard, managing to equal the score at the end of regulation to force an overtime, until a foul by rookie Eric Camson on the last throes of the game ruined the slight lead and allowed the Archers to slip by.
The Falcons’ win over the Maroons was resounding despite being tight. At one point the Diliman-based ballers led by seven points until the Falcons staged a comeback for a 6-0 run starting with a soaring dunk by Alex Nuyles. Unfortunately, Nuyles dislocated his right shoulder when he collided with a Maroon. Camson’s jumper after the last steal went straight into the net just as the buzzer sounded to cement the four-point lead and win.
The Baby Falcons shared the same scorecard as their older brothers, having been downed 74-60 by the UST Tiger Cubs in their latest game held over the weekend. The win puts the Tiger Cubs in the top spot along with De La Salle-Zobel.
Better luck seems to be with the Lady Falcons. The women posted big wins to keep an undefeated record early in the season. The team thwarted the Lady Tamaraws for a 60-52 win, with Season 69 rookie of the year Katherine Sandel posting a game-high 22 points. Prior to that, the Lady Falcons thrashed the UE Lady Warriors 114 to 63 with six players posting double-digit scores.
As Season 72 digs in deeper, it is hoped that the boys of San Marcelino will be able to overcome their demons and cut down on errors while the girls will be able to hold on and storm through the final.