JRU team captain: ‘A win is a win, pero hindi kami masaya’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 21, 2016 05:37 PM
JRU team captain: ‘A win is a win, pero hindi kami masaya’
NOT WHAT I HAD IN MIND. JRU is still looking for a statement win that will finally get them going.

Jose Rizal University barely avoided an upset at the hands of Emilio Aguinaldo College as well as a losing streak early in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Yet again, it was Teytey Teodoro who played hero for the Heavy Bombers who look far from the sleeper contenders many considered them to be in the preseason.

Teodoro’s elbow jumper at with five seconds remaining proved to be the difference in the Shaw Boulevard-based squad’s much-needed 60-59 win.

Needing that shot and that moment to hack out a win against one-win Emilio Aguinaldo College, coach Vergel Meneses was blunt in telling reporters post-game, “Wala akong nakitang positive the way we played today. Honestly, wala akong nakitang positive.”

The expressive mentor may have overlooked several battles his wards won such as assists (17-6) and rebounds (63-50), but the fact remains that a team spearheaded by well-regarded gunslingers Teodoro and Paolo Pontejos shot a ghastly 29 percent from the field.

In Meneses eyes, his Bombers are sorely lacking in two aspects that will not appear in any stat sheet. As he put it, “Kulang yung effort at attitude. Sila yun e, hindi ko matuturo lahat.” 

The JRU players themselves were quick to admit to their shortcomings. Asked what was wrong with their team, captain Jordan Dela Paz said, “Tingin ko, sa sarili namin e.”

As such, Dela Paz shared that all of them were in agreement that although a win is a win, just escaping the Generals was nothing to be proud of. As he put it, “Hindi talaga dapat ipag-celebrate yung panalo namin. Hindi naman sa minamaliit ang EAC, pero dapat dino-dominate namin yung mga ganung team.”

He then continued, “A win is a win, pero hindi kami masaya.”

Still, the Bombers’ captain re-assured their faithful that their slow start will only make them more determined to prove themselves. “Kailangang ipakita namin na sama-sama pa rin kami kahit anong struggle,” he expressed.

Until then, Meneses said he will not be seeing his wards. “Sa Huwebes na lang tayo magkikita. Sayang lang practice e,” he said.

Of course, the NCAA’s longest-tenured coach was just saying that as a motivational ploy. Adding fuel to the fire, he also said, “Sabi ko nga sa inyo, we’re still not in the level of Mapua or San Beda. Ibig sabihin, nandun talaga kami sa baba.”

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