Blackwater coach Bong Ramos: ‘’Di ako papayag na ‘di kami umakyat’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 04, 2018 08:27 PM
Blackwater coach: ‘’Di ako papayag na ‘di kami umakyat’
Bong Ramos and Blackwater will waste no time in getting ready for the next conference

Blackwater closed its campaign in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 106-115 loss to defending champion San Miguel on Wednesday.

With the latest loss, the Elite ends the conference with a 1-10 standing.

For first-year head coach Bong Ramos, that would not no longer be acceptable for the next conference. “Ako, personally, as a coach, dapat umakyat kami. ‘Di ako papayag na ‘di kami umakyat,” he told reporters.

He then continued, “Nasa baba kami ngayon e so we have to go up diba.”

Despite another last-place finish, Ramos is nothing but confident that Blackwater have all they need to contend in the Governors’ Cup tipping off a month from now. “Sa akin, I will try my best to improve the team kasi alam ko namang may talent yung team,” he said.

Indeed, the Elite boast of a lineup that includes big man JP Erram, sniper Mike Digregorio, streaky shooter Allein Maliksi, steady Paul Zamar, and Gilas Pilipinas player Mac Belo.

And back for the next conference will be current reinforcement Henry Walker.

To do what they have set out to do, Blackwater is set to start its preparations by going abroad. “Part ng preparation namin is (to) play sa Surabaya, (Indonesia) and also sa Macau. Part dun na ide-develop namin yung chemistry ng team,” Ramos shared.

Along with bonding, though, Ramos said he has no doubt that the Elite could compete with the international teams they would be facing in Indonesia and China. “Sa Macau, mabibigat kalaban tapos dun, bawal imports so we’ll be playing all local. I believe yung makakalaban natin dun, ka-match naman ng PBA so ibig sabihin, may chance tayo,” he said.

He then continued, “Tignan natin hanggang saan kami makakarating, pero importante sa amin dun is yung games kasi we need more games e bago third conference.”

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