PBA: Cariaso on first win as Alaska coach: “It means a lot”
Paul Lintag on Oct 13, 2019 08:04 PM
Starting the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with five straight losses, Cariaso and the Aces scored a breakthrough Sunday, taking down Rain or Shine, 78-71. (Photo by Josh Albelda)
It took him a while but Jeffrey Cariaso finally has his win as Alaska head coach.
Starting the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with five straight losses, Cariaso and the Aces scored a breakthrough Sunday, taking down Rain or Shine, 78-71.
“Was it always this hard to get a win? Seemed so hard,” Cariaso said.
“It means a lot. I think I just wanted to get that first win to get it out of your system. The more you didn't get it, the more pressure I put on myself. It was only me putting the pressure on myself,” he added.
After such a rough start to their conference, Cariaso said that they had to simplify their approach a little bit heading into Sunday.
Doing enough to finally win, the challenge for the Aces now will be how to get better in order to sustain winning.
“But I think I'll never forget the words of one of my favorite coaches: 'When things are going bad, you go back to basics.' Yun ang ginawa namin this week,” Coach Jeff said.
“We're not perfect in all aspects, but I think for today we did enough to win. But it needs to be better,” he added.
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