Na-pressure ang mga bata -- Generals coach Palmero
Mark Escarlote on Jan 26, 2016 07:07 PM
Sinabi ko sa kanila na they have to focus on the game pero hindi talaga natin mako-control ang isip at damdamin ng mga bata kaya naging ganoon ang laro nila -- EAC coach Rodrigo Palmero
Emilio Aguinaldo College head coach Rodrigo Palmero admitted that his boys cracked under pressure.
The Generals were four points away from a back-to-back title in a tight battle in the fifth set of the 91st NCAA men’s volleyball championship series Game 3 against the Perpetual Help Altas Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Behind Israel Encina and reigning two-time Most Valuable Player Howard Mojica, the U.N. Avenue-based squad built an 11-5 lead in the final frame.
But fate already wrote a different script.
The Altas mounted a miraculous rally to regain the title they lost last year after falling short in Season 90 semifinals in a dramatic 25-22, 23-25, 29-27, 22-25, 17-15, victory.
“Na-pressure (ang mga bata) gawa ng siyempre nagkaroon din ng epekto ‘yung mga tawag ng referees sa mga bata,” said Palmero.
EAC failed to lay the ghost of their past two championship meetings with the Las Pinas-based squad to rest as the Generals bowed for the third time.
“Sinabi ko sa kanila na they have to focus on the game pero hindi talaga natin mako-control ang isip at damdamin ng mga bata kaya naging ganoon ang laro nila,” added Palmero.
The Generals were plagued with 48 errors and received 16 denials from the Altas’ solid net defense. It didn’t help that graduating player Mojica was nursing a right shoulder strain.
“Nakulangan talaga ako sa ginawa ko, sa sarili ko,” said Mojica, who scored 19 points, three markers short of his output in Games 1 and 2.
Still, Palmero saw a silver lining in their loss.
“Hindi naman sumagi sa isip ko na nabalik ang nakaraan,” the mentor said. “Mas maganda naman ang ipinakita nila kaysa dati. Kasi dati na-sweep nila kami and nakakuha lang kami sa kanila ng isang set.”
EAC opened the series with a 25-22, 14-25, 25-14, 25-16 before Perpetual equalized in Game 2 last Friday, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19.
The Generals’ series opening win was EAC’s first championship game victory over the Altas.
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