Ateneo de Davao University failed to advance to the quarterfinals but gained a lot of valuable experience in the recently-concluded 2010 Philippine Sports Commission-National University Games in Dumaguete City.
Blue Knights coach Pocholo Elegino said belonging to a tough bracket with Adamson University, West Negros University, Rizal Technological University and Asian College of Science and Technology was not an easy job.
RTU sealed their fate with 20-point setback last October 27 after losing first to Adamson, 47-88 then to WNU, 72-82. Ateneo won over ACST, 76-68 to sport a 1- 3 win-loss record in the week-long UniGames campaign this year.
“We were simply overpowered by a big line-up,” he said.
But playing against the taller and bigger players gave them the needed exposure as they go back campaigning in Davao leagues like the annual Gaisano Cup, Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) and Davao Association of Colleges and Schools (DACS) leagues.
“Unfortunately, my key players were injured too but we played very hard and did not just give up,” said Elegino.
The lessons they learned in the prestigious UniGames, however, are soon to be of good use when they resume playing in Davao City, he added.