EACís Morada doesnít disappoint former professor, now coach

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 29, 2016 04:48 PM
EACís Morada doesnít disappoint former professor, now coach
POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT. Jorem Morada is thriving under the guidance of coach Ariel Sison who also happened to be his former professor.

Friday was a big day for Emilio Aguinaldo College who finally closed out a win, only their second out of seven games in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This, after the Generals came out in the losing end of consecutive close contests.

The faithful over at UN Avenue can thank Jorem Morada for their big day. The graduating guard scored 18 points, including the go-ahead baskets, in the eventual 73-67 triumph over San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

However, all of it almost didn’t happen if only there wasn’t a coaching change to begin with.

Andy de Guzman, EAC’s coach a year ago, didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with Morada who left the team in the middle of last season. Explaining his decision then, he said, “Hindi ako masaya nun kasi may problema kami ni coach Andy. Parati kaming nagbabanggaan tapos nawalan na ako ng kumpyansa.”

He then continued, “Hindi na niya ako binigyan ng kumpyansa.”

Everything changed when the Generals named Sison as their new mentor early in the year. “Bigla niya akong tinawagan at sinabing bumalik na. Bumalik naman ako kasi sobrang laki ng tiwala ko sa kanya,” he said.

Now that he is at the forefront of EAC’s pleasant surprise of an improvement this season, Morada is nothing but happy to have left his native Davao for another shot at basketball in Manila. “Unlike sa dating coach, ang taas ng binibigay na kumpyansa sa akin ni coach Ariel ngayon,” he expressed.

Apparently, the first-year shot-caller has so much faith in his graduating guard because the two of them go way back. As Morada shared, “Naging professor ko siya sa isang minor subject ko tapos naging close kami ngayon na siya na ang head coach.”

He then continued, “Kaya binibigay ko talaga best ko kasi sobrang laki ng tiwala niya sa akin as a player and as a student.”

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