Coach TY on his first ‘real’ win: ‘Tanggal lahat ng pagod’

Coach TY on his first ‘real’ win: ‘Tanggal lahat ng pagod’
CLOUD NINE. TY Tang is keeping the faith that CSB has nowhere to go but up.

TY Tang entered the press room for the post-win interview for the first time last Tuesday.

And from the moment the buzzer sounded on College of St. Benilde’s win to his entry into the press room, the head coach was all smiles. “Yes! Finally,” he exclaimed when he finally took his seat.

And why wouldn’t he be? After all, the Blazers had just given him his first “real win” as a mentor.

“I’m just super happy and super enthusiastic right now,” he expressed.

CSB dropped their season-opener to University of Perpetual Help, but that decision was overturned as the latter wore the wrong uniforms.

And so, the Taft-based team got on the win column, but was yet to get a win on the hardcourt.

Once they got that at the expense of Mapua University, Tang did not mince words in saying all of them, from the coaches to the players, felt nothing but relief. “Tanggal lahat ng pagod namin. It’s been a while since we won a game,” he said.

Indeed, the last time the Blazers came out on top was in early May against the very same Cardinals in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.

Still,, the win apparently came too late for the players who had to shave their heads.

As it turns out, all CSB players were sporting buzz cuts because they fell to Colegio de San Juan de Letran last Thursday. “Nag-dinner po kasi kami tapos napag-usapan namin na kung manalo sa Letran, ‘di magpapakalbo. Kung matalo naman, lahat magpapakalbo,” third-year guard JJ Domingo said.

He then continued, “E natalo po e.”

Nonetheless, the uniform look turned out to be a much welcome development for their coaches. “Nagulat din ako. I didn’t know anything about it, pero maybe it’s a symbol of unity and character in terms of playing together whatever happens,” Tang said.

He then continued, “That’s one thing the coaches are really happy about.”

That sort of camaraderie, along with their breakthrough win, is proof that the Blazers have nowhere to go but up – if their head coach is to be believed. As he put it, “The character we’re trying to build with the team, we’re slowly getting there. We just want a chance to win in the end and ayaw naming mag-let up.”

He then continued, “Coming from the history of our team, that’s what’s lacking. More than anything else, we’re trying to build team character.”

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