UAAP: UP responds well to Bo Perasol's silent treatment

Danine Cruz on Oct 22, 2018 10:30 AM
UAAP: UP responds well to Bo Perasol's silent treatment
"I needed to let them think that we don't need any voice to tell us what to do." -- Bo Perasol (file photo)

The University of the Philippines had a 20-point lead with 1:36 left to play versus University of the East. Bright Akhuetie made a quick basket, causing the UP crowd to celebrate while the maroon bench was all smiles.

However, two quarters before that, the mood of the Fighting Maroons was totally different.

The first half ended with UE leading by three points, 44-41. Alvin Pasaol was nearly unstoppable for the Red Warriors with 16 points. UE was outrunning UP.

The Fighting Maroons entered the dugout for the halftime break frustrated. The thin walls in the Filoil Flying V Centre's UP dugout could not contain the scolding that head coach Bo Perasol gave his team. The players had an earful.

With a line-up filled with promising and big names this season, expectations were high for UP. But after finishing at 3-4 in the first round, safe to say they have yet to live up to the hype.

And there they were again, scrambling for answers why a team with Bright Akhuetie, Juan Gomez de Liano and Paul Desiderio was struggling against UE -- a team that was currently last in the standings with a solitary wiin.

After that tough halftime break, Perasol just quietly sat in the second half and was sometimes even looking far from the action. He gave his squad the silent treatment.

"We needed to try some things in order for us to be able to get the best out of us. I think that sometimes, I needed to be quiet also. I needed to let them think that we don't need any voice to tell us what to do," Perasol shared when press inquired him for his second half demeanor.

Then, the Fighting Maroons heeded their coach's call.

By the fourth quarter, behind Diego Dario's triples, Akhuetie's inside hustle, and Gomez de Liano's historic triple-double, UP pulled away and built a comfortable lead to ultimately notch their fourth win in nine outings.

"We all played for coach Bo [Perasol]. Our mindset was different coming to the second half. We were being more aggressive, we’re getting stops," said the younger of the Gomez de Lianos, "He told us something sa dugout. So we just wanted to make him happy and play for the community."

When Perasol was pressed about the matter after the game, he shared that it was just his way of squeezing out the potential of the team that he knows is already in there.

"Mabuti sana kung there is nothing in them eh. They have what it takes. I need to get that from them," added Perasol, "We already know what to do. We had been doing this for almost a year together.

For a time on that game, there was a cloud of doubt on UP's ability to compete this Season 81 but according to Perasol, their second half showed that they are still in this season.

"I think more than the win, it's the effort in the 2nd half that made us believe again that we can compete this season. We had been very complacent, we had been, I don't know, what's the reason why we don't get to give our 100-percent effort every game. But that second half just proved that when we get our acts together, we are able to string up something great for us," he said.

"So this is a big win for us, and I hope that this is going to push to another level this coming games," Perasol added.

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