NCAA: Coach Vergel says JRU should learn a thing or two from Mapua
Head coach Vergel Meneses says JRU can learn a lot from the hustle of Mapua
Jose Rizal University was silenced as it hosted Mapua University on Thursday.
Lacking fire from start to finish, the Heavy Bombers were grounded by the Cardinals, 60-72.
For head coach Vergel Meneses, though, that is no longer a surprise. “Actually, ine-expect ko na yan e. We’re a new team, we’re rebuilding,” he told reporters post-game.
He then continued, “Ang laging sinasabi ko lang sa kanila, mag-hustle lang kayo.”
That hustle was lacking for the home team, however, as they were outrebounded, 44-54, and were unable to take advantage of their opponents’ turnovers.
To atone for that, Meneses said his boys need not look far. As he put it, “Yung Mapua, hindi naman parang Lyceum o San Beda, pero they keep on working hard. Ang puhunan nila, effort lang.”
Indeed, the Cardinals were quicker to the ball and were more determined in every possession.
For JRU to do that, their mentor said it has to start with their team captain.
And as a challenge to Jed Mendoza, Meneses said, “Siguro, baka hindi pa niya kayang i-handle yung pressure. ‘Di naman ako nagkukulang ng sabi sa kanya na hindi porke you’re the leader, you will not pass the ball.”
He then continued, “I hope after this na talo namin, kailangan ma-realize niya yun.”
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