The UST Golden Tigresses and their diesel problem
Paul Lintag on Mar 01, 2016 06:15 PM
The Golden Tigresses don't necessarily need to save their best for last every single time.
The University of Santo Tomas is very familiar with cardiac games, but Golden Tigresses head coach Emilio "Kung Fu" Reyes would like his team to start strong for a change.
Just try not to get used as a "diesel team" really.
In all of their four losses so far this season, the Tigresses fell behind 0-2 before eventually losing by five sets to Adamson and by four sets to UP, FEU and Ateneo.
Against the NU Lady Bulldogs, UST lost a 2-0 lead before rallying in the final set to take the win.
"Nahihirapan kami bumalik eh. Pinipilit namin na ma-overcome yung pagiging diesel, sa NU nagawa namin eh pero kapag naghahabol kami nahihirapan kami," coach Kung Fu said right after their loss to the Lady Maroons.
While they say in sports, the players win games and the coaches lose them, Reyes added that the Tigresses need to figure out how to win once they are inside the court.
It's not like coach Kung Fu can turn back the clock and insert himself in the game anyway.
"Wala ng magagawa si coaches diyan kasi pagdating sa court, player na magdi-dictate ng tempo sila mismo ang gagawa," Reyes said. "Kahit anong sigaw mo diyan sa labas kahit anong bulyaw mo kung ayaw gagalaw, di gagalaw. Ang pwede mo na lang gawin is palitan, ganun lang naman yun."
Looking ahead to their final first round date with the mighty De La Salle Lady Spikers, the rookie coach knows they are up against another tough challenge.
And he already knows the result if the Tigresses don't play golden against the girls in green.
"Sabi ko kung ganyan lalaruin namin, ilalampaso kami ng La Salle sigurado. Kailangan namin sumabay, kung pwedeng talunin bakit hindi, bilog naman ang bola," he said.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8