'Yung desire nila nawala e -- Gorayeb on SSC-R's Game 1 loss
Mark Escarlote on Jan 19, 2016 08:53 PM
It was a complete turnaround from their previous games e. Sobra! Hindi ko malaman kung bakit -- SSC-R coach Roger Gorayeb on their Finals opener loss
San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb only had one explanation why the Lady Stags – who were invincible in the eliminations – suddenly became a shadow of their former selves.
“‘Yung desire nila nawala e,” he said.
Gorayeb just can’t point out if it was an effect of a long layoff after their 9-game eliminations sweep that gave them an outright trip to the Finals carrying a thrice-to-beat advantage, championship jitters or were overwhelmed by their early successes.
But one thing is for sure, they lost their championship advantage as the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers forced a virtual best-of-three series in a shocking 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13, decision Tuesday in the Finals series opener at The Arena in San Juan.
Gorayeb, who steered SSC-R to 22 of its 23 overall crown, said that he had a hunch that disaster looms in Game 1.
“Honestly masama talaga ang kutob ko, Saturday pa. Kasi I have been coaching for more than 30 years and I have this small doubt in my mind na ganyan ang mangyayari,” Gorayeb said of his wards meltdown against a team they defeated in a four sets in the elims and were coming off two knockout matches in the stepladder semifinals.
“Kaya noong Sabado pinaghandaan ko na yan kaso ang mga player pagdating dito hindi ko alam bakit nagkaganyan,” he added.
The Lady Stags also relied on Grethcel Soltones too much that CSB committed most of its net defense on the reigning Most Valuable Player without worrying about her teammates.
With Soltones constantly getting checked by the troika of Janine Navarro, Jeanette Panaga and Ranya Musa and with no other Lady Stag stepping up, SSC-R fell victim to the much-taller Lady Blazers. Soltones finished with 27 points – three points more than the total scores of her teammates combined.
“It should’ve been a team sana kaya lang it became a one-man team ‘yung nangyari sa amin, si Grethcel lang and she cannot take it (on her own),” said Gorayeb. “‘Yung mga nakaraang mga laro maganda ang ipinupuntos ni Grethcel pero yung support niya is very, very important.”
“’Yung support ng mga players wala e. It was a complete turnaround from their previous games e. Sobra! Hindi ko malaman kung bakit,” added Gorayeb.
With Game One over and done, the mentor hopes that his girls will learn from their mistakes and bounce back on Friday for the pivotal Game Two.
“We have to win the next game. Kasi if we win the next game, lamang na ulit kami,” he said. “Importanteng-impotante and Game Two.”
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