In first year of its rebuild, UE will not make UAAP 81 Final Four

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 02, 2018 01:26 PM
In first year of its rebuild, UE will not make UAAP 81 F4
Philip Manalang and Alvin Pasaol are yet to play in the Final Four in the UAAP Seniors

University of the East will be missing out on the Final Four for the ninth year in a row.

With a loss to likewise rebuilding University of Sto. Tomas last Sunday, the Red Warriors proved they still have much work to do to get back to their glory days.

“Actually, pagpasok namin sa dugout, ‘di na ako masyadong nagsalita,” head coach Joe Silva told reporters after that game. “Pumasok yung school officials namin, ang sinabi nila, most of you guys played your hearts out, but some of you, alam naming hindi.”

Up against the Growling Tigers, main man Alvin Pasaol had 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals even though the defense was locked in on him while fellow veterans Philip Manalang and Jason Varilla chipped in 15 and four markers, respectively.

Without a doubt, reinstalling the winning tradition remains in its early stages. “Coming from school officials, malaking bagay yun. Well, totoo naman na some are engaged and some aren’t focused,” coach Joe said.

He then continued, “Yun ang gusto kong baguhin talaga.”

There have been signs of just what UE could be – none more evident than when they pulled off an upset over Far Eastern University in the first round.

And so, Coach Joe, who once guided Ateneo de Manila High School to two championships, is urging the faithful over at Recto to keep, well, the faith. As he put it, “Like I said before, unang gusto kong dalhin sa UE is yung palag lang. I never said we’ll make it to the Final Four and ang sabi ko, we’ll try to sneak in some wins.”

He then continued, “Any win we can get, okay na sa community yun. Ang maganda sa community, naiintindihan nila na it’s a process and we’re rebuilding.”


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