UP captain on five losses in a row: ‘It hurts a lot’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2015 09:02 PM
UP captain on five losses in a row: ‘It hurts a lot’
NO PAIN, NO GAIN. For Diliman, yet again, there's no way to go but up after a nightmare weekend.

It’s up for debate which UAAP school had the worst weekend.

On one hand, there’s Ateneo de Manila University who finished last in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition for the third year in a row, lost the SVL Collegiate Conference Finals after leading 1-0 in the series, and then falling to archrival De La Salle University despite leading by double-digits in the first half.

On the other, there’s University of the Philippines who slipped to third place in the UAAP CDC and were then defeated for the fifth time in a row in the men’s basketball tournament – this time handing Adamson University their first win of the season.

Between the two, however, only one is exclaiming how painful their weekend has been.

Much like his counterparts from the UP Pep Squad, Fighting Maroon team captain JR Gallarza dejectedly described how they felt as their hopeful 2-0 start has totally been eclipsed by their succeeding slide as, “Well, it hurts. A lot.”

Even worse, Gallarza said that they are all clueless on why they have been struggling. “Right now, nobody has the answers to getting back to how we were early in the season,” he shared with ABS-CBN Sports..

Perhaps the perfect personification of the Maroons’ skid is top gunner Jett Manuel who has now been held scoreless in back-to-back games. Asked about his struggles, Manuel mused, “Teams have adjusted to us. We expected it pero the way we’re playing isn’t how we should be playing.”

Nonetheless, Manuel remained confident that the UP which surprised everyone with a 2-0 start is just there and waiting to be unleashed once more. “Frustrated lang kami pero that’s not a reason to call it a season. There’s still the whole second round for us to look forward to and we’re not gonna give up in any way,” he said.

Gallarza believed as much in saying, “We can’t quit on ourselves let alone the team. Because in doing so, we’re quitting on the UP community and they have never turned their backs on us.”

He then continued, “I have absolute faith in our team that we will shake this off. Whatever ‘this’ is.”

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