Coaching change to Frankie Lim is much welcome for Perpetual
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 05, 2018 07:35 PM
Prince Eze has what it takes to become the NCAA's MVP - if new Perpetual head coach Frankie Lim is to be believed
HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 4-14, ninth
YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: AJ Coronel, Prince Eze
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Frankie Lim (coach), Kim Aurin, Edgar Charcos, Jielo Razon
GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Nosa Omorogbe (coach), Gab Dagangon, GJ Ylagan, Keith Pido (injured – out for season)
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM PERPETUAL?
One thing’s for sure, this Perpetual team is not Frankie Lim’s team – not yet at least.
The four-time NCAA champion coach had only officially taken the reins earlier last January and would need at least a year to gather and grow the team he has in mind.
“I spoke to the (school’s) chairman and sinabi ko sa kanya na there’s nothing much we can do right now. Maybe in 2019, 2020 then we can build up a better team.” – head coach Frankie Lim
That doesn’t mean, however, that the Altas will be pushovers in the upcoming season.
Instead, the exact opposite is true as with a stern mentor like Lim on the sidelines and with talented pieces such as Nigerian powerhouse Prince Eze and versatile wing AJ Coronel as well as solid transferees Kim Aurin and Edgar Charcos on the floor, the Las Pinas-based ballers still have what it takes to compete.
And who knows, Lim may very well do what he does – turning foreign reinforcement Eze into an MVP frontrunner. After all, that’s exactly what he did with the likes of Sam Ekwe and Sudan Daniel.
WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM PERPETUAL?
With Lim at the helm, everybody should expect a more consistent and more focused Eze. Last year, the 6-foot-11 center was the frontrunner for MVP after the first round, but was unable to lift his team onto the playoffs and thus lost out on the MVP to LPU’s CJ Perez.
“Ang alam ko dati, he only goes to practice when he wants to, but since I came in, he comes to practice every single day. He works hard and that’s why he has a good chance (at MVP).” – head coach Frankie Lim
Scoring forward Aurin and steady point guard Charcos are also ready and raring to prove themselves in their second chances after stints in JRU and UE, respectively.
“We have a good core. Competitive siya.” – head coach Frankie Lim
Most of all, though, this will be the season for Lim to show the world that he has still got it, bringing another team to legitimate and consistent contention.
WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR PERPETUAL?
Perpetual has always known its identity – one built on stout defense and disciplined offense.
Even with Lim in charge, that’s not changing. Meaning, the Altas we loved when the likes of Jong Balorio, Harold Arboleda, and Scottie Thompson were playing are still here.
“I didn’t come here to lose. I want to win and that’s why we’re doing everything possible to make good things happen here.” – head coach Frankie Lim
WHERE WOULD PERPETUAL BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94?
Just like a season ago, Perpetual could very well be the league’s giant-killers as, if all is well, they could match up with the best of them. Matching up is a different matter from pulling it off, however, and the Altas aren’t there just yet.
“Hindi ko masabi exactly kung hanggang saan (mararating namin), pero for sure, we will compete. ‘Di man kami mag-champion, we will compete. Makikita niyo na it is fun to watch Perpetual.” – head coach Frankie Lim
WHEN IS PERPETUAL’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94?
As if the season opener on July 7 at the MOA Arena needed even more color, Lim’s first game for Perpetual comes against the San Beda side he once led to four championships in five seasons. Yes, it’s the league’s traditional matchup between defending champions and season hosts – only now, with a lot more spice.
As always, all of the #GalingNCAA will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream.
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