UAAP Season 81: Di ko magawang hatiin ang katawan ko -- De Jesus
Mark Escarlote on Mar 16, 2019 09:38 PM
Multi-titled mentor Ramil De Jesus is not the one to back down from the challenge of handling two teams playing on simultaneously on going leagues.
With two teams under his watch, multi-titled mentor Ramil De Jesus could only do so much.
The head coach of De La Salle University and F2 Logistics admitted that handling teams in the simultaneously ongoing UAAP Season 81 and the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix is no easy task.
On Saturday, De Jesus’ Lady Spikers and Cargo Movers played on the same 4:00 schedule with DLSU clashing with Far Eastern University in a rematch of last year’s Finals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre while F2 Logistics battling PLDT Home Fibr at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
De Jesus was at the bench of the four-peat-seeking Lady Spikers as they reasserted their mastery over the Lady Tamaraws, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24, to improve to 5-2 win-loss record at solo second spot.
Unfortunately, the Cargo Movers weren’t so lucky.
F2 Logistics absorbed its second loss in nine outings in a 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, upset loss at the hands of PLDT.
“Sobrang sabay. Mahirap talaga kasi, 'yung iba akala na maglalaro lang, pero 'yung preparation ng game. Papaano ka magma-mindset, 'yung planning,” he said. “Ngayon, nagkasabay 'yung laro. Although nabigyan naman ng magandang gameplan, pero iba pa rin 'yung nandoon ako, mas kilala ko 'yung mga players.”
“Siyempre, sa isang team mahirap mawalan ng father figure sa loob,” added De Jesus, who gave assistant coach Noel Orcullo the coaching duties during his absence.
The Cargo Movers played sans injured Kim Kianna Dy, Cha Cruz-Behag and main setter Kim Fajardo, who was replaced by Alex Cabanos.
“Sa akin, alam ko naman na hindi naman ganoong kalakas 'yung team namin compared doon sa ibang teams na bawat rotation kumpleto,” De Jesus said. “Marami kaming kino-cover, lalo na 'yung rotation na nasa harap 'yung setter namin, medyo maliit.”
“Siguro, hindi niya pa din kabisado 'yung mga kasama. Feeling ko ngayon naghanap 'yung mga players which is pinakamahirap na bagay kasi hindi ko magawang hatiin 'yung katawan ko para pumunta doon,” he added.
Last year, De Jesus gave his F2 Logistics deputy Arnold Laniog the full responsibility to call the shot in the Grand Prix.
Now with two teams under his watch, De Jesus, the architect of DLSU’s 11 UAAP titles and the Cargo Movers’ three crowns, revealed that this year could be the most challenging yet in his coaching career.
“Oo, kasi ever since sinasabi ko naman sa team managers na kung pwede na 'wag sana ipagsabay na mag-coach ako pagdating ng UAAP kasi mahirap talaga,” he said.
It may be a huge task but De Jesus is not the one to back down from a challenge.
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