NCAA Season 94: Naka-off ang ilang players ko -- Javier
Mark Escarlote on Feb 02, 2019 12:09 PM
Hindi naman pwede na isa o dalawang tao lang ang gagalaw. Nakita naman natin kung gaano ka-willing manalo ‘yung Perps. Ganoon talaga mangyayari sa amin kung hindi lahat magpo-produce, makikita natin ang resulta kabaligtaran -- Arellano U head coach Obet Javier
Arellano University head coach Obet Javier felt that his wards lost the fire in their eyes and were mentally absent in Game 1 of the NCAA women’s volleyball Finals against University of Perpetual Help Friday.
Coming in as the heavy favorites for a grand slam, the reigning titlists suffered a shocking upset at the hands of the underdogs Lady Altas, 25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 20-25, in the best-of-three series opener at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Wala eh. Naka-off ang ilang players eh. So ganoon talaga ang mangyayari,” said a very disappointed Javier.
The Lady Chiefs took the first set despite a shaky start before eventually crumbling as no. 4 seed Perpetual continued its surprising run in its drive to capture its first crown since completing a three-peat six years ago.
Last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Regine Arocha was the only Lady Chief in double figures with 17 points while the Necole Ebuen, who is averaging double-digits in their previous games, went cold with only seven markers.
“Hindi naman pwede na isa o dalawang tao lang ang gagalaw. Nakita naman natin kung gaano ka-willing manalo ‘yung Perps. Ganoon talaga mangyayari sa amin kung hindi lahat magpo-produce, makikita natin ang resulta kabaligtaran,” said Javier.
The mentor also stressed that their rusty outing was not a product of them having a weeklong layoff after booting out San Beda University in the Final Four compared to the Lady Altas, who went through the proverbial eye of the needle to clinch a semis spot before eliminating twice-to-beat top seed College of St. Benilde. For Javier, it was more of his wards not playing with any sense of urgency.
“Hindi ako naniniwala sa ganoon, actually,” he said. “Ang player mo kung gustong manalo, gagawa at gagawa ng paraan eh. Kagaya nga ng sinabi ko mas gusto ng Perpetual na manalo so deserving ang panalo talaga nila.”
The post-game talk inside the locker room, according to Javier, was about him reminding his players the importance of putting their minds into the game and focus on their main goal.
“(Sinabi ko sa kanila) na kung uulitin nila ang ganitong laro, wala talaga, mangyayari ulit. Ngayon kung gusto nilang manalo eh pagpursigihan nila,” he said.
The Lady Chiefs will have a week to regroup and prepare to tie the series on Game 2 on Friday.
“Sa tingin ko makakatulong naman siya (one week break) pero siyempre yung advantage nasa Perps eh. So kung hindi magtitino ang practice namin, kung di magiging matino yunng igagalaw ng player, mahihirapan kami sa Friday,” the mentor said.
Javier said that he will give his players a one-day rest on Saturday before buckling back to training.
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