JRU coach Meneses accepted fate even before start of NCAA 94

Philip Matel on Oct 16, 2018 05:51 PM
JRU coach Meneses accepted fate even before start of NCAA 94
From third place last year, the JRU Heavy Bombers had a hard fall from grace, ending NCAA Season 94 with a 3-15 season.

From third place last year, the JRU Heavy Bombers had a hard fall from grace, ending NCAA Season 94 with a 3-15 season.

The team had lost most of its core from Season 93, including gunner Teytey Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, and Gio Lasquety, and big men Abdulwazak Abdulwaha and Abdel Poutuouchi.

It is the worst-ever finish in coach Vergel Meneses' nine-year stint with the team, and he is not very much surprised.

"Actually, bago mag-start yung season, tanggap ko na eh. Talagang alam at alam kong mangyayari ito eh so ang pinaghahandaan ko for next year na lang, actually ang problema ko next year, eh big man din talaga," Meneses said about his assessment of the campaign.

Winning twice against the EAC Generals and awarded a win against the San Sebastian Stags all season, the Heavy Bombers made noise in the second round with their relentless drive, but came up short due to inexperience.

"Second round na nakita nyo naman yung mga players na may potential lumabas na. So sa akin, naitindihan ko naman eh. Kasi hindi naman nabuo yung team na buo talaga."

Meneses added that some players just made the team a month or two before the start of the season, leading to more difficulty in adjusting to the mentor's system.

As for skipper's Jed Mendoza's final year of eligibility, the coach implores his captain to stay for one more year, as the team has matured a year and will add players from their successful high school program.

"Actually, puwede na naman siyang magpa-graduate, pero puwede pa niyang i-option ang one year niya, so sa akin, nasa sa kaniya yun. Kailangan, kumbaga i-redeem mo ang sarili mo."


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