UAAP: Joe Silva finally proves his worth to UE

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2018 08:12 PM
UAAP: Joe Silva finally proves his worth to UE
Joe Silva has just proven that his system could work for UE and in the UAAP Seniors

Without a doubt, Joe Silva was a winner in the UAAP Juniors.

Calling the shots for Ateneo de Manila High School, he won two championships and registered an overall 77-20 win-loss record.

In his first four games in the UAAP Seniors, however, coach Joe was on the losing side.

That all changed on Sunday as he guided University of the East to its first win in Season 81.

Post-game, the young mentor could only express relief. “At least, the monkey is off my back as a coach. Ganito pala yung feeling na manalo ng first game sa college,” he told reporters.

He then continued, “Sobrang blessed and humble ko. Buti nanalo na kami.”

Not only did coach Joe and his Red Warriors win, they won by 25 points.

And more than that, they won by 25 points over playoff hopeful Far Eastern University, no less.

For the first-year head coach in the collegiate ranks, that winning margin was the surprise and not the win itself. “Never namin in-expect. Ang gusto lang namin talaga coming into this game was to get that win,” he said.

He then continued, “Yung winning margin just came because the boys worked hard. They really wanted to win and the desire was there.”

Indeed, UE displayed determination from the get-go, even if main man Alvin Pasaol was coming off the bench for the first time in the season.

Explaining his decision, coach Joe said he wanted UE to experience no dropoff in play throughout the game. “Number one, we did it to preserve him in the endgame. Number two, I wanted the second unit to produce and with Alvin there, mas stable kami,” he said.

The good soldier that he is, Pasaol did nothing but come through for his mentor wherever the latter put the former. “Strategy ni coach yun and maganda rin yung nangyari. Sabi nga ni coach, ‘Pagpasok ni Alvin, gutom na gutom na siya and ready na maglaro,’” he said.

Clearly, the strategy worked and now, Silva has proven that his system could also work in the Seniors. “I’ve just been telling (my players), ‘Work hard, the results will follow.’ We’ve been working hard and I told them coming to the dugout, ‘You deserve to win already,’” he shared.

He then continued, “We’ve been practicing well so it’s time to take what you deserve. They showed it today.”


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