FEU coach heading into KO game vs. Ateneo: Kailangan siguro talaga mabantayan si Marck
Paul Lintag on Apr 21, 2018 08:42 PM
Marck Espejo scored 94 points in his last two games vs. FEU.
Marck Espejo sure loves playing Far Eastern University.
In the second round of UAAP Season 80, Espejo dropped a record 39 points on the Tamaraws. Unfortunately, but his Blue Eagles lost.
In the Final Four Saturday at the MOA Arena, Espejo demolished FEU again, this time scoring 55 points, a new record.
This time, Ateneo won.
FEU head coach Rey Diaz is refusing to get frustrated by the amount of punishment his team receives at the hands of Espejo.
In fact, he's taking it as a positive. For Diaz, in just means that Ateneo needs Espejo, the undisputed best player in the country today, to go supernova just to have a chance at beating his Tamaraws.
"Ibig sabihin ang galing niya talaga," Diaz said of Espejo.
"Para sakin, napa-gandang reaction nun, kasi kailangan nila siya i-activate right from the start up to last set. Kailangan activated si Marck, which is not happening to the rest of the team. Ibig sabihin tama yung ginagawa namin," he added.
True enough, no one else gave meaningful production for the Blue Eagles aside from their trancesdent star.
Ismael Rivera was Ateneo's second-leading scorer Saturday with eight points.
While their strategy backfired Saturday, Diaz is now focusing his Tamaraws mentally for Wednesday as FEU takes on Ateneo in a do-or-die match with a Finals spot on the line.
Of course, limiting Espejo is a priority too.
"Ang preparation ko ngayon more on mental kasi yung skills, naturo ko na yan eh," he said.
"Kailangan maging ready, especially how to handle the situation. Ganun pa rin, kailangan siguro talaga mabantayan si Marck," Diaz added.
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