Perasol: This is my final year
Mark Escarlote on Oct 11, 2015 04:37 PM
I already told them that this is going to be my last year, regardless (of what happens) --- Ateneo coach Bo Perasol
“This is my final year.”
Ateneo de Manila coach Bo Perasol declared that it will be his last season with the Blue Eagles since the embattled tactician took the reins from Norman Black in 2013.
“I already told them that this is going to be my last year, regardless (of what happens),” said Perasol, emerging from the dugout after the Katipunan-based squad absorbed a 66-61 loss at the hands of Far Eastern University Sunday in the 78th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Big Dome.
Perasol got himself in hot water after a so-so performance of the Blue Eagles this season. Ateneo dropped to fourth spot with a 4-4 win-loss record, spiraling down with a two-game losing streak.
“Alam nila lahat ‘yan this is my last year. My team knows that, my players know that, kaya this is our last hurrah together, with Kiefer (Ravena), with Von (Pessumal),” added Perasol, whose wards started the second round of eliminations on a wrong foot. “Napag-usapan na namin lahat ‘yan. I don't think that's going to be something that needs to be talked about, we all understand that already.”
Ateneo closed the first round with a 4-3 card, losing their last game against archrival De La Salle.
“I always serve the best interest ng management at ng school. Knowing Ateneo, Ateneo hates to lose. I'm in the middle of that. Natural lang yun na mapupunta sa akin (ang sisi) ‘cause I am the leader, they can’t pinpoint anybody. That's going to happen whoever leads this team, I really don’t take that personally,” said Perasol.
After the first round, Perasol got himself under fire but Ateneo management backed the coach and released a statement of their full confidence to the mentor.
“The mere fact na pinaglaban ako ng management to continue this, I'm really bent on doing something on this team and I'm really sure we still have the time to do that,” he said.
Perasol replaced Black, who took the coaching job for Talk ‘N Text in PBA, three years ago after Ateneo’s last of its five-peat championship.
In his first year, the Blue Eagles missed the Final Four for the first time in 15 seasons and in 2014 Ateneo held a twice-to-beat advantage but was eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champion National University.
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