Parang dinilaan ng baka ang ulo ko -- BaliPure coach Gorayeb

Mark Escarlote on May 21, 2017 09:38 PM
Parang dinilaan ng baka ang ulo ko -- BaliPure coach Gorayeb
Ah hindi ko na alam (bakit walang air-con) ang sabi sira raw eh. Uupa raw sila ng blower. Pero kahit may blower sa laki nito hindi kakayanin -- BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb

Parang dinilaan ng baka ang ulo ko.

BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb once again uttered another quotable quote as he talked to reporters during the postgame interview minutes after the Water Defenders' five-set win over Perlas Spikers Sunday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

Gorayeb got some sort of respite after surviving a hotly contested battle in sweltering conditions inside the decades old PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, sitting comfortably inside the air-conditioned pressroom. 

The mentor was soaking wet from sweat as he ranted about the broken air-conditioning system and lack of ventilation in the venue.

It didn’t help that what was supposed to be an easy win after BaliPure bagged the first two sets turned into an exhausting five-setter. Luckily, the Water Defenders had enough gas – and hydration – to pull off a 25-21, 25-23, 16-25, 25-27, 15-10, victory. 

Huge electric fans blowing water mists were deployed around the arena to at least ease the torrid temperature inside the venue. Those watching in the arena were left fanning themselves with whatever they can find.

“Ah hindi ko na alam (bakit walang air-con) ang sabi sira raw eh. Uupa raw sila ng blower. Pero kahit may blower sa laki nito hindi kakayanin,” he said. “Ako mas pinrefer ko pa if they decided to make the game tomorrow (Monday) kung hindi available ang Ultra. Puwede namang bukas na lang kasi wala namang laro bukas.”

Organizers explained that they were informed late that the venue’s air-conditioning system was still undergoing repairs and they were forced to push through with the schedule given that the imports' International Transfer Certificates (ITCs) will expire on June 15.

“Wala na ang dry fit (na damit) ko,” Gorayeb said in a jesting manner while combing his sweat-soaked hair with his hand.  

Asked if his team dipped in performance in the third and fourth because of the condition inside the venue, Gorayeb answered, “Isa rin ‘yan pero pre ‘yung kabila ganyan ding init ang nilalaro.”

“It’s not an excuse anymore eh,” he added. “Pagkaganoon siguro hindi tama ang ganoon ang init. There’s no excuse. If you lose the game, you played poorly, the other team plays very well oh eh di matatalo ka talaga.”

BaliPure played its last of back-to-back games and kept a tight hold of top spot with a 6-2 win-loss record.

The Water Defenders are just a win away from clinching an outright semifinals berth.

 

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