Ildefonso hopes to see ball rotate more: ‘It will make a more dangerous team’
Dave Ildefonso had one of his best games so far in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, scoring 21 points and grabbing six rebounds in a losing effort for National University.
The Bulldogs absorbed a 69-58 loss to Adamson in what could’ve been a star-making game for Ildefonso, but the young gun said he’d rather see his teammates prosper than take the bulk of the offense.
“Of course I’d rather see the ball rotate between us because that would make a more dangerous team because the opposing team won’t know who will score in a certain possession,” said Ildefonso in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Ildefonso shot on an 8-of-20 clip while none of his teammates reached at least 10 attempts from the floor. John Lloyd Clemente had the second-most tries with nine while making two.
The bulk of Ildefonso’s points came in the third quarter when he scored 12. It was also during this time that NU mustered a comeback and outscored the Soaring Falcons 22-12 to head into the fourth quarter down by just nine, 54-45, after trailing by as much as 25 points in the second.
That comeback attempt was all the fight NU could bring as Adamson eventually held off any advances from the Bulldogs.
“I think we lacked the overall contribution from the whole team,” said Ildefonso.