Nanggigil kami kanina -- Mojica on EAC's Game 2 loss

Mark Escarlote on Jan 22, 2016 06:19 PM
Nanggigil kami kanina -- Mojica on EAC's Game 2 loss
Yung pinag-isipan at pinaghandaan naming game plan nawala kanina -- Howard Mojica

Reigning Most Valuable Player Howard Mojica admitted that he and the defending champion Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals were too eager to finish off the Perpetual Help Altas.

It backfired badly.

“Medyo eager lang and nawala masyado sa focus,” he said. “’Yung pinag-isipan at pinaghandaan naming game plan nawala kanina.”

“Medyo nanggigil lang rin kami kanina na makuha ang championship.”

The Generals were out of sync and the Altas capitalized to tie the best-of-three 91st NCAA men’s volleyball championship series to one game apiece Friday at The Arena in San Juan as Perpetual walked away with the win, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19.

“Ewan ko rin kung bakit nag-off ‘yung play namin, na kahit anong gawin naming hugot walang mailabas. Talagang down na down kami. Di ko rin masasabi kung ano yung pinakanangyari sa amin,” said Mojica.

Mojica scored 22 points but was not as explosive as he was in their four-set victory in the series opener last Tuesday where he had the same production. In fact to get his 20 spike points, Mojica had to hammer the ball 50 times but most of it ran smack on the solid defensive wall erected by the Altas.     

“Medyo naba-badtrip nga ako kasi alam ko sa sarili ko na hindi ako ‘yung naglalaro, na hindi ito ang laro ko na kaya nila ako basta pigilan. Na ganito-ganito lang na basta Howard lang,” added Mojica.

“Kaya nada-down ako kanina. Gustong-gusto kong bumawi kaso (hindi ko nagawa),” Mojica continued. “Papuntos-puntos ako minsan kaso bigla-bigla ring minsan nai-stop ganoon.

“Na-check ako kasi nawalan din kami ng pasa, kapag nawalan kami ng pasa automatically sa akin ibinibigay.”

The winner-take-all Game 3 is on Tuesday.

Mojica said that head coach Rodrigo Palmero only had one order for the Generals.      

“Maging disiplinado muna ulit para makuha ‘yung goal namin,” said Mojica.        

 

 

 

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