CHESS MASTER: Jerry Yee's adjustments paying off for UP
Paul Lintag on Feb 18, 2016 11:37 AM
"Marami pa yan, marami pa tayong paghahandaan pa but for this game of course, if you win, satisfied ka." --- UP coach Jerry Yee.
We see UP head coach Jerry Yee coaching volleyball on the sidelines, but in his mind, he's playing a constant game of chess as he continues to lead the Lady Maroons back into the Final Four.
Playing against Adamson, the obvious gameplan was simple and that was to stop Jessica Galanza.
And while Galanza would still wind up with a game-high 25 points, the Lady Maroons held their ground when it mattered, playing tough late in the third and fourth sets to get their second win for Season 78.
"You scout the teams din syempre, si Galanza yung top performer nila hindi naman secret yun eh, of course you have to prepare," Yee said as UP improves to 2-2. "Alangan naman na alam mo ni hindi mo pa paghandaan, mahirap yun."
One adjustment that worked in UP's for example was playing the more defense-oriented Laine Gannaban over Marian Buitre for blocking purposes. Gannaban finished with three blocks.
Yee also made sure the Lady Maroons were ready for Adamson's "rowdy" style of play.
"we prepared na iingay-ingayan nila kami. Pinaliwanag lang namin so kahit papaano hindi naman masyado na-apektuhan yung mga bata," he added. "It's a matter of explaining to the girls kung paano maglalaro ng ganun."
One game out of second place, the Lady Maroons continue to look ahead as Season 78 shifts into higher gear and now is not the time for UP to settle down.
"Marami pa yan, marami pa tayong paghahandaan pa but for this game of course, if you win, satisfied ka."
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