UAAP: No reason to get mad at JV Gallego, says NU coach Jamike

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2018 08:44 PM
UAAP: No reason to get mad at Gallego, says NU coach Jamike
JV Gallego will only learn from his mistake that failed to steal the win for NU

National University kept battling back against the University of the Philippines on Sunday.

Turning a six-point deficit in the endgame to just a solitary point and with possession of the ball with 7.6 ticks to go on the clock, the Bulldogs had a golden opportunity to steal the win.

However, as JV Gallego barreled his way inside and had what looked like a good shot for himself, he, at the last moment, passed to Dave Ildefonso in the corner.

Time ran out and the final buzzer sounded even before the ball touched Ildefonso’s hands.

And so, the NU rally fell short and they lost their fifth game in a row following a season-opening win.

Asked about the decisive possession post-game, Gallego answered, “Sabi lang (ng coaches) na ako na yung kumuha ng bola so atake ako and then pag may nag-collapse, normal lang, kick it out. Open ako, pero nakita ko si Dave na open.”

For his part, head coach Jamike Jarin said that, bottom line, there was nothing wrong or right about his guard’s decision. “You think I’m gonna get mad at that? No, I never get mad with those plays because it was a judgment on his part,” he shared.

He then continued, “He saw that Dave was free and he had a chance to win it, but hey, all of us make mistakes. That’s the part of the growth of everybody.”

Indeed, the biggest takeaway for Gallego is that time is of the essence. “Maging aware dapat sa oras tapos maging mature sa mga susunod na games,” he said.

With that learning, he only plans to bounce back and build on his best game thus far. As he put it, “Heads up lang. Actually, pagka-buzzer, nakita niyo naman na iiyak talaga ako, pero lahat sila, pumunta sa akin.”

He then continued, “Nandun sila lahat kaya sobrang laking tulong for me. Sana, tuloy-tuloy lang ‘tong performance ko.”

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