Trauma of Servillon loss linger for Light Bombers
Mark Escarlote on Jun 29, 2015 05:14 PM
Talagang napakasakit kasi even the boys, yung mga players ko, they couldn’t find among themselves yung talagang dapat na ilaro nila kasi very traumatic ang nangyari sa amin before --- JRU Light Bombers coach Nathaniel Grogorio
The Jose Rizal University Light Bombers huddled on their side of the court at The Arena in San Juan while waiting for the final score.
Then the buzzer sounded, signaling the end of their first game in the 91st NCAA Juniors basketball competition Monday.
The final score: 103-34.
JRU was badly beaten by the Arellano University Braves.
But the Light Bombers barely felt the rout.
Not in the venue where the pain of losing one of their own lingers.
The trauma is there. After all they are all just kids.
“The reality of it ganoon talaga. So sa amin, kaming mga coaching staff, we are really trying our best para maka-cope ang team sa nangyari sa amin,” said JRU coach Nathaniel Gregorio in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports.
It is now more than a month since Light Bomber Carl Jimwell "CJ" Servillon collapsed during JRU’s FilOil Flying V Hanes Premiere Cup pre-season game against De La Salle-Zobel last May 22.
The 17-year-old player died two days after.
“Talagang napakasakit kasi even the boys, yung mga players ko, they couldn’t find among themselves yung talagang dapat na ilaro nila kasi very traumatic ang nangyari sa amin before,” added Gregorio.
The Light Bombers rotated only eight players, with two of their veterans sitting out due to injuries.
It didn’t help that the Light Bombers had to face a stronger, taller and more motivated Braves in their season debut.
AU manhandled the JRU right from the get-go, outscoring the Kalentong-based squad 22-4 after the first 10 minutes.
The Light Bombers scored only 10 points in the first two quarters with AU building a 35-point gap at halftime.
The Braves had 14 of the 15 players they fielded contributing points.
“Sinasabi ko nga sa mga bata na even among yourselves dapat mayroon kayong motivation, kailangang lumabas ang “A Game” namin. Pero up until now parang may takot pa rin sa bawat isa dahil sa nangyari,” the mentor continued.
“Naging maingat na JRU ngayon sa kung ano ang dapat naming gawin para hindi mapahamak ang mga bata,” Gregorio added. “So even the kids, parang takot din silang mapagod.”
The mentor said that the trauma and string of misfortunes took its toll on the team.
“Parang chain reaction na e. Even yung mga top players ko na-injured pa. Ang mga naglalaro ngayon these are the second and third stringers ng team,” he said.
“As of now ang pinaka-battle cry namin siguro ngayon is to just have fun sa game. No pressure, whatever the outcome of the game talagang, sabihin na nating pinerwisyo kami nu’ng nangyari,” said Gregorio. “Talagang sinakluban kami ng kamalasan pero hindi nangangahulugan na yun yung dahilan para matalo kami sa game. All we have to do is to adjust. Adjust for the better.
Gregorio could only hope so.
“The season is not yet finish and hopefully magamot namin kung anong sakit ang mayroon kami ngayon,” he closed.
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