UAAP: UP's coach Bo: 'You can’t just microwave growth'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2018 07:13 PM
UAAP: UP's coach Bo: 'You can’t just microwave growth'
Coach Bo and UP are still trusting the process

The University of the Philippines hasn’t exactly lived up to the billing as a legitimate contender thus far in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With only one win to show in the first four games, they found themselves where they have always been in recent memory – at the bottom half of the standings.

The latest of those losses was the most heartbreaking as the Fighting Maroons were five seconds away from taking down league-leading Adamson University only to be thwarted by Sean Manganti.

Three days later, head coach Bo Perasol could only admit that loss shook them to the core. “That was a painful loss for us against Adamson. The first thing that’s going to be taken away from you when you lose (consecutively) is the confidence,” he said.

He then continued, “That’s something that is very difficult to get back and the only way to get that back is to win.”

State U did just that on Saturday, displaying determination from start to finish to triumph over De La Salle University.

Afterward, coach Bo said that these are exactly the wins they need. “If we are serious about our goals this season, the natural thing that’s going to happen is that there is one or two (teams) going to be taken (out) of the top four and we have to be there. and for that to happen, we need to beat one or two of them,” he said.

He then continued, “That means we have to be better than what we had shown.”

Last year’s Final Four cast was comprised of La Salle, Ateneo de Manila University, Adamson University, and Far Eastern University.

And thus far, UP has lost to Ateneo, Adamson, and FEU before winning against La Salle.

Still, in the eyes of their always amiable mentor, all of those losses can only make them better. “We’re dead serious about what we want to happen – to improve our standing. But you can’t just microwave growth e,” he said.

He then continued, “We need to grow through losing, we need to grow in a painful way, but in the end, we have to be wiser and better in the end of the season.”

To do just that, coach Bo said he would need his players not named Bright Akhuetie, Paul Desiderio, or Juan Gomez de Liano to step up. “We need some better games from people because it’s not just Juan, not just Paul, it has to be everybody. I think this win is going to motivate us to do better,” he said.


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