Napa’s advice to other coaches: ‘Hindi pwedeng i-take for granted ang EAC’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 11, 2016 03:43 PM
RISING UP THE RANKS. They only stand at 1-1, but Sidney Onwubere and EAC are already making many people take notice of them.
Seven years into their entry, Emilio Aguinaldo College is yet to win back-to-back games to begin an NCAA season.
Two weeks ago, they came oh so close when they gave defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran all they could handle. The Knights eventually got it together to finally barge into the win column, but not before just scraping by the fighting Generals.
In fact, not at all thrilled about the close call, all Letran coach Jeff Napa was able to say about it was, “A win is a win although it’s an ugly win.”
Before the start of the season, Napa was already adamant that there aren’t any pushovers among the 10 squads in the league – including EAC who found themselves at the bottom of the standings a year ago.
And in going toe-to-toe with the defending champions, the first-year mentor said the Generals proved him right and proved themselves as legitimate threats. As he even expressed, “Hindi nila (other coaches) pwedeng i-take for granted ang EAC.”
Putting the upstarts to the test next would be reigning runners-up San Beda College on Tuesday.
Just like his counterpart over at Intramuros, coach Jamike Jarin is wary of the Generals who are determined to get back on track. “They've improved a lot. It will be a folly to take them for granted,” he said.
For his part, EAC coach Ariel Sison believes it’s still too early to call his team one of the contenders. What they’re certain of, however, is that they are out to be better than they were last season as he said, “We are doing our very best every day in practice to beat our opponents, or at the very least, make it hard for them to win.”
He then continued, "I'll make sure my team is always ready to play."
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