UAAP 82: L-Jay Gonzales' conditioning has biggest room for improvement

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 06, 2019 08:46 PM
Gonzales' conditioning has biggest room for improvement
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With L-Jay Gonzales at the head of the charge, Far Eastern University battled back from as much as 26 points down against University of Sto. Tomas, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.

With their blitzing playmaker running the show, the Tamaraws charged to as close as five points inside the last seven minutes.

On that very same play, however, Gonzales was forced to come out of the contest as his right leg was already cramping up.

He was able to return to action, but didn't get to last long as his other leg then cramped up. "Sabi ko kay coach, gusto ko bumalik para maglaro kasi gusto ko manalo. Binalik naman ako, pero nag-cramps yung kaliwang paa ko," he shared.

He then continued, "Sabi ko sa sarili ko, ano ba 'to, gusto ko pa manalo."

Without the 5-foot-10 guard, the Morayta-based team kept coming, but ultimately ran out of gas and was run out of the tournament.

In the end, he knows full well he could have done much more than his 11-point, nine-assist, and three-rebound effort.

And that is exactly why Gonzales will do his all to make sure this never happens again. "Challenge din 'to para sa conditioning ko. Sinabihan na nga ako ng isa sa coaches namin kahapon sa ensayo na magpahinga ka na kasi may game pa tayo bukas, pero 'di ako masyado nagpahinga," he said.

He then continued, "Eto kinalabasan - nag-cramps yung dalawang paa. 'Di ko naman ginusto yung nangyari, pero wala nang magagawa."

Along with that, the 20-year-old only vows to draw strength from this setback. As he put it, "Sobrang nanghihinayang ako kasi isipin mo, yung ganung kalaking lamang, ang hirap habulin nun."

He then continued, "Pero sinabihan na lang kami ng coaches na gawin na lang naming motivation yung nangyari para sa next season."

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