Flying V eyeing continued dominance in D-League
NOW AND TOMORROW. Flying V is three wins away from what would be only the second-ever conference sweep in the history of the D-League.
In its maiden conference, Flying V needs just one more win to make the championship round of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
More than that, the Thunder are yet to lose a single game through 11 games in the tournament – meaning they are on pace for what would be only the second-ever conference sweep in the history of the league.
How far the first-year team has come. As head coach Eric Altamirano mused, “Nung first time we tried to put the team together, ‘di naman agad nakumpleto. It started with sila Eric (Salamat) and eventually, we were able to get other players to join us.”
He then continued, “Kaya I never expected this team to have this type of relationship with each other. They blend well together and enjoy playing with each other.”
Indeed, Flying V looked like the opposite of a contender as they had a tough time putting away collegiate teams during their tuneup games in the preseason.
Then, they already had Jeron Teng, but didn’t seem to have any other players to surround him with.
Fast forward two months later and Teng has emerged as frontrunner for MVP just as Gab Banale, Eric Salamat, and Hans Thiele have emerged as his more than capable supporting cast.
Asked what changed from then to now, Altamirano answered, “Nag-evolve lang talaga yung team namin. Sa akin, we were looking for players who have character. I’m just blessed to have these types of players na nabuo namin.”
That kind of appreciation extends even to the levels of management. “First of all, this year is the maiden year of Flying V to engage in the D-League. I’m very much elated and proud that sa maiden performance namin, at least, [undefeated],” team owner Chito Villavicencio said.
And they are only hoping to keep this up even beyond this conference. “We hope that next [conference], we’ll also join. Of course, we’re also hoping na same players pa rin,” he expressed.
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