Bo: May struggle pero babawi kami
POSITIBO pa rin ang University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons kahit pa natalo sila ng University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers nitong Linggo, 69-89, at malusaw ang hawak na twice-to-beat advantage sa semifinals ng UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.
“My job here is not just to coach the team, but to manage them,” sabi ni UP coach Bo Perasol.
“Alam mo naman sa basketball, hindi puwedeng maraming bida. So the challenge for me is paano ko ima-manage yung mga bida to play as one.
Andyan si Kobe (Paras), andyan si Ricci (Rivero), andyan pa si Bright (Akhuetie) and andyan rin si Juan (Gomez de Liano). So it was really a struggle for us, yet we were able to reach this far kaya I can understand the emotions.”
Para naman kina JJ Atencio at Edrin Panganiban ng STATS, staunch supporter ng Fighting Maroons sa nagdaang tatlong season, naniniwala silang babalikwas ang UP.
“I think the plan of putting up a solid team and equipping them in preparation for the UAAP season summed it up. The training that we had outside of the country had certainly made them ready for the big battles ahead in the UAAP. UP and our brand, STATS, had grown together and we’ve become a wining combination – UP as an up and coming team and STATS as a go-to apparel,” sabi ni Atencio, chairman ng STATS at Januarius Holdings.
“We were inspired by their journey and we hope for their continuous success. We would like to see them to succeed in the same way that we wanted to grow and become the go-to destination when it comes to sports and leisure brands,” sabi naman ni Panganiban.