Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may just be the preseason, but La Salle coach Aldin Ayo admitted that La Salle’s 80-78 loss to Ateneo on Sunday in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup left a stinging pain.“It’s like already the UAAP. These are the kinds of losses that really sting,” Ayo said.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With things getting heated at times, the intensity is comparable to like any other Ateneo-La Salle game before. Regardless of what’s at stake, both teams just won’t flinch as they refused to bow down to their fierce rivals.Still, Ayo noted that the Green Archers must lick their wounds and come out better after this heartbreaking loss, while also picking up valuable lessons going forward to the upcoming UAAP season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We saw that we still lack a lot in terms of maturity, especially with the rookies. There were defensive situations that the rookies weren’t able to follow my instructions. In those three times, the ball went to the corner and Ateneo made those shots and made us pay,” he said.Not helping La Salle’s cause was its health issues as the team missed the services of Kib Montalbo, Prince Rivero, and Brent Paraiso for the game, forcing Ayo to extend the minutes of Ben Mbala and Aljun Melecio, who were the lone bright spots. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “We can’t get anything from our team. The rookies we had were capable of playing, but they seemed overwhelmed with the hype that comes with Ateneo-La Salle. They still have to adjust to how they are performing in our practices,” he said.Ayo said that regardless of who the Green Archers’ foe is, the team must come in motivated to get the victory as he tries to cultivate the same winning culture he has ingrained last year in Taft.“Every game, we’re motivated to play, so it’s not necessarily who’s the favored and who’s the underdog. When the light is on, we have to perform,” he said. “I told them, with the way we practiced the whole week, we deserved to win, but with the manner we lost, this is a good loss for us. For sure, we’re going to learn from this.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Penguins end Predators magical postseason run Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’?