It was so frustrating -- head coach Velasco on CSB's slump

Mark Escarlote on Aug 25, 2016 06:12 PM
It was so frustrating -- head coach Velasco on CSB's slump
Ang gusto ko lang naman dito is that we want the best effort here. Whether it’s a losing venture or a losing game ang hinahanap namin dito is the effort of everyone eh --- Blazers coach Gabby Velasco

College of St. Benilde head coach Gabby Velasco was a picture of dejection inside the Blazers’ empty locker room while talking to a group of reporters. 

“It was so frustrating,” he opened.

Velasco was talking about the latest defeat, 70-45, CSB absorbed – the team's 12th straight in as many outings and 14th overall since last year – Thursday at the hands of the mighty Perpetual Help Altas in the 92nd NCAA seniors basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan. 

The Blazers were in the game in the first 20 minutes, trailing by only six, 28-34, at the half.

Then the second half happened.  

“Kasi in the first half maganda ang nilalaro namin pero towards the end lang kami nilamangan eh,” said Velasco. “Pero the third quarter was really disastrous in the sense na we were not able to score. Plus attitude wise hindi na maganda ang kinikilos namin eh.”

Indeed it was.

CSB scored only 17 points in the second half – seven in the third canto - and shot an atrocious 6-of-29 from the field in the last two quarters.  

“Nu’ng nilamangan na kami ng more than 10 points that’s when we started to slow down and parang nagpapabaya na kami,” said the mentor.

“’Yun ang ikinakagalit ko dito. Sabi ko, “OK kung nadepensahan man tayo, kung hindi man tayo naka-score offensively sana we work harder sa defense.” Bumalik kami sa dating sakit,” he added. “Hopefully sana ma-correct namin. We did not like the way we played sa second half hopefully sa next game we can change this kind of attitude.”

Their final score was the Taft-based squad’s lowest output this season next to CSB’s 49-54 loss to San Sebastian College last June 26.

“Nu’ng nalamangan kami ng 10 points, 15 points that’s when we started to be sluggish. We started to be contended with our perimeter shots. Yung offense namin I must say siguro naghigpit din ang depensa. But there’s no reason na mag-relax kami, na mag-give up kami defensively which is what happened kaya lumamang na ng lumamang,” Velasco said.

“First half we were in the game. I even commended them sa halftime but unfortunately it was a complete turnaround noong second half na noong lumamang na ng malaki which is not a good sign.”   

 

Best effort win or lose

The Blazers are down to the school’s worst start since joining the league back in 1998.

Velasco and the team will need to find a way to stop the bleeding and lift their morale. And it’s not easy.

“It’s really a tough job for us,” he said. “Ang gusto ko lang naman dito is that we want the best effort here. Whether it’s a losing venture or a losing game ang hinahanap namin dito is the effort of everyone eh.”

The mentor just wanted his team to have that fighting spirit despite the slump.

“It’s not about winning eh. We can lose a game but give the best effort. Yun ang pinu-push namin,” said Velasco.

“We want to learn. We are in the process of learning. You are in a learning stage, what is important is that we learn, we mature and hopefully we will use it in the future,” he added.

CSB still has six games to play before ending the season.

Hopefully on a high note.

 

 

 

 

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