NCAA: TY Tang thinks CSB is losing its identity
Danine Cruz on Sep 18, 2018 06:39 PM
"Yes, you are climbing that mountain, trying to get to the top and the harder it is when you get to the middle of the mountain to get to the tipping point, if you don't really look at maybe that next step, pag nadulas yung paa mo o yung kamay mo you get all the way down. That's us right now." -- TY Tang
Since the beginning of the NCAA Season 94, the College of Saint Benilde has been showing that their days in the cellar are over. With TY Tang calling the shots, Benilde surged to an impressive 6-3 record at the end of the first round, putting themselves in an unfamiliar top four spot. But after losing back-to-back games in the second round, Tang immediately showed a sense of urgency.
"We're losing our identity, we're losing the reason why we are playing here as a team. Maybe not as an individual, maybe they have their own egos or their own beliefs, but as a team but we didn't come here today as one," said Tang after absorbing a disappointing 86-83 loss from Mapua.
The Blazers were trailing as early as the first half. They were able to catch up and even got a taste of the lead in the middle of the fourth quarter anchored on Justin Gutang and James Pasturan's hustle, but eventually CSB bowed down to Mapua.
Tang seems to know clearly the reason behind their lackadaisical performance.
"It's the immaturity of our team, I felt that we were overconfident coming into the second round. We felt that you know, we are just in the final four because of the rankings but it's not the end of it and these guys are maybe impatient, looking forward to the bigger picture of things, when they have to really take it a step at a time," he added.
From being way below in the standings last year to being one of the teams on top, the Blazers have been showing that they have a good possibility of making it into the Final Four.
However, these back-to-back setbacks have exposed the youthfulness and inexperience of the team.
"We haven't really been in this kind of situation. It's been a very, very long time. Yes, you are climbing that mountain, trying to get to the top and the harder it is when you get to the middle of the mountain to get to the tipping point, if you don't really look at maybe that next step, to get up there to the mountain, pag nadulas yung paa mo o yung kamay mo you get all the way down. That's us right now," Tang shared.
Tang will rally behind his team as he wishes for his boys to finally wake up from this slumber and get out of the rut as they face Arellano University next on Friday.
"One more mistake that we commit, we might just lose it. So hopefully we pick up by right now. So that when we practice tomorrow, everybody is on the same page, one direction, in order for us to preapre our minds and bodies for Friday's game against Arellano," he shared.