UP team captain Manuel: ‘Hindi na kami manhid sa talo’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 17, 2016 08:14 PM
UP team captain Manuel: ‘Hindi na kami manhid sa talo’
CULTURE CHANGE. Jett Manuel again assured the UP faithful that this is a very different Maroon team.

Three games into the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the University of the Philippines is still dealing with the same old problem that has haunted them for more than a decade now.

Perhaps current team captain Jett Manuel put it best in saying, “We don’t know how to win which basically is what happened (today). Everyone wanted to win, but it’s hard to change the culture.”

Indeed, in an ending their faithful have seen many, many times before, the Maroons battled back from 11 points down and tied the tally inside the last three minutes only to fall short in the end against University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday.

Manuel, Diego Dario, and Paul Desiderio all tried their very best to close out the contest in UP’s favor, but all of their shots were way off the mark. And so, describing the feeling they all have felt many, many times before, the team captain shared post-game, “Everyone’s down. Hindi na kami manhid sa talo.”

He was quick to add, however, “But you know, we’re gonna win.”

What makes the graduating guard so hopeful is the slow but steady change he has been noticing regarding their attitudes. As he put it, “We’re there effort-wise, we’re always there naman. I’ve played for UP for a while and I know the feeling of giving up when the opponent gets on a run.”

He then continued, “We’re not like that anymore. Coach Bo (Perasol) does a good job of making sure we’re staying there.”

As such, Manuel urged both his teammates and their faithful to just move forward – like they have done so many, many times before. “Three games down, 11 more to go, as much as this hurts, we can’t do anything but stay together and focus on what’s next,” he said.

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