Coach Kungfu: ‘This is the time, hindi na pwedeng next year ulit’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 04, 2017 07:30 PM
Coach Kungfu: ‘Hindi na pwedeng next year ulit'
TICK TICK TICK. UST coach Kungfu Reyes said he and his girls will not wait for next time anymore.

Behind a three-game winning streak, University of Sto. Tomas finished the first round with a winning record for the first time in four years.

At the wrong end of slow starts to the season in recent history, the Golden Tigresses are nothing but satisfied to be at the upper half of the standings heading into the second round.

More than that, however, their first winning record in a while signals that the girls from Espana are really ready to return to contention. “Mas malakas na talaga yung loob namin ngayon kasi nararamdaman nilang kaya naman nila,” he expressed.

Indeed, with wins against National University and Far Eastern University, UST has proven it can go toe-to-toe with the other contenders.

That is exactly why Reyes said that this is when the Tigresses should end their four-year playoff drought. “This is the time. Hindi na pwedeng next year ulit, hindi na talaga pwedeng ganun,” he said.

He then continued, “Nararamdaman na naman kasi nila na talagang may pinupuntahan kung ano ang pinaghihirapan namin.”

Without a doubt, that is how the girls themselves are feeling. As team captain Sisi Rondina put it, “Siyempre, sino ba namang hindi maniniwalang kaya mo kung ganyan yung coach mo? (Pinaglaban) niya kami so kami, lalaban din para sa kanya.”

With the entire team – from the staff to the players – of the same mind in wanting to return to contention, Reyes said it is also high time for the Espana faithful to make their presence felt once more. “Hopefully, unti-unti nang bumalik si UST community kasi ito yung team na nag-struggle sa matagal na panahon at nabugbog sa lait,” he said.

He then continued, “Pero lagi ko ngang pinapaalala sa kanila, lahat ng nararamdaman niyong sakit, gawin lang nilang motivation.”

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