Arellano's Flores owes his development to disciplinarian coach Jerry

Alvin Laqui on Jul 06, 2017 05:04 PM
Flores owes his development to disciplinarian coach Jerry
BIG TIME. Lervin Flores owes part of his success to Arellano Chiefs coach Jerry Codiñera and his strict approach to getting the most out of his guys.

By now, Arellano University’s six-foot five-inch center Lervin Flores is used to handling the big stage much like how he’s learned to handle bigger opponents in the NCAA.

Entering his second and final season, Flores has had much to show for after just one season, which was capped off by a baptism of fire when he was used as the main man inside in last year’s Finals against San Beda College.

And he owes much of it to Chiefs coach Jerry Codiñera and his strict approach to getting the most out of his guys.

“Nire-ready na kami sa sigaw pa lang ni coach Jerry, mabibigla na kami,” Flores said of his mentor’s imposing nature.

“Takbo!” he shouted, trying to imitate coach Jerry during practices. “Lalakasan mo talaga yung loob mo at talagang lalakas yung loob mo pati mapapa-focus ka.”

Known as “The Defense Minister” throughout his PBA career, Codiñera has been known to make talented players like Jiovani Jalalon and Kent Salado flourish within his system.

But they have to have the discipline and work ethic to get there, shares Flores, who plans to join their ranks as a star for Arellano.

With Jalalon gone, Flores, known primarily as a bruising defender inside, has been expanding his range, and his game. “Dinagdagan ko yung shooting ko, extra takbo samin, tsaka yung talagang extra shooting,” he said. “Nakapag-adjust na rin kasi kailangan talaga namin mag step-up lahat para manalo ang team.”

He was quick to assure everyone, however, that he would still be the inside force he was in the past season. “Isho-show ko pa rin na kailangan pa rin nila ako sa depensa, sa rebounds,” he adds.

Along with his plans to step up offensively, Flores is also looking to be more vocal, now that there’s a lot of young guys on the team. “Ibibigay ko na lahat kasi last year ko na, kaya ipapakita ko talaga kung ano yung nararapat para sa team,” he said.

“Sinasabihan ko lang sila na wag silang mag give up, sabi ko ‘depensa.’ Siyempre bilang mas nakakatanda na ako sa kanila, sinasabihan ko sila tapos ayun, gigising naman sila,” he added.

With his experience, Flores has a lot of useful advice for his younger teammates when it comes to keeping their composure once they step onto the NCAA.

“Sinasabihan ko sila na lakasan nila loob nila kasi iba yung NCAA,” he said. “Iba yung tunog dun, maingay, kaya sabi ko, ‘Lakasan niyo loob niyo, tsaka wag niyong isipin yung sa labas, focus lang kayo sa laro.’”

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