UAAP Finals: "Di pa naman pwedeng mag-celebrate ang La Salle" -- George Pascua
Philip Matel on Apr 29, 2018 11:04 AM
FEU Lady Tamaraws coach George Pascua says that his opponents should hold off their celebration -- albeit momentarily.
In having their first Finals appearance in nine years, compared to La Salle's 10th straight, FEU Lady Tamaraws George Pascua said that the Lady Spikers should not be celebrating their third straight title just yet.
After an exciting first game that showed the disparity in DLSU and FEU's experience in the big stage, it saw the Taft-based squad carve out a competitive three-set win.
Pascua's star players even admitted that they were affected by pressure from the big stage, with some of them committing errors in some crucial parts of the game.
Despite facing elimination on Wednesday afternoon, the mood in the Lady Tamaraws locker room is normal, and Pascua says that the defending champions shouldn't celebrate just yet.
"Kasi sabi ko nga, di pa naman tapos eh. Kahit si La Salle, di pa naman pwedeng mag-celebrate. So sabi ko sa kanila, basta kung ano’t anuman ang mangyari, kailangan i-take natin as a challenge," the former Tamaraw said.
"Kung anuman nangyari today, i-take natin as a positive way. Kasi lahat naman ng mga nangyayari, may mga purposes yan eh. So tingnan lang natin kung ano yung bagay na dapat nating gawin."
Although the second-seeded Lady Tams exhibited inexperience and jitters in an error-laden first set, wherein they committed 17 errors in a close 27-29 loss, Pascua hopes that FEU had learned their lessons, utilize it, and minimize it for Game 2.
He also mentioned that his star hitters Bernadeth Pons and Chin Basas' combined 15-point output came out at a very inopportune time, but is confident it would not happen again.
"Kasi knowing naman Pons, hindi mo naman pwedeng tawaran yung ano nun, talagang yung puso ng bata pag naglaro, talagang ibibigay nya yung best nya. Nabantayan lang talaga sya. Napaghandaan din si Pons pero not bad sa ginawa ni Pons. Proud pa rin ako sa kanila no matter what."
When asked if his team would return the favor for their Season 71 loss against the Lady Spikers, in which the Ramil de Jesus-mentored squad lost the first game and took the next two, Pascua was positive that it could happen again, since he was part of a similar incident in both the men's and the women's tournament.
"Sana mangyari ulit sa amin, kasi same team naman. Basta kailangan lang magtrabaho lang ulit."
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