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Perasol urges title-contending UP to cherish small victories
by Niel Victor Masoy, October 23, 2019 2:32pm
There is no other goal for University of the Philippines (UP) this University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Men’s basketball tournament but to win the championship.
That’s no secret considering the Fighting Maroons finished as runners-up last year and now have blue chip players in Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero playing for them.
And through 12 games into UP’s campaign this season, the State University (8-4) looked poised to enter the Final Four anew and possibly make the Finals again.
Despite this, the Fighting Maroons, however, are pretty hard on themselves. They know that with their star-studded lineup, it’s just right that they are in a good position to win it all.
With that, UP head coach Bo Perasol urges his players to take it easy and appreciate what they have right now, appreciate the small successes.
“Obviously, napapansin ko nga sa team namin, I was telling them that even though we are on the brink of getting into the Final Four, they’re not that just that excited because the expectations of themselves are a little bit higher than that,” said Perasol after UP’s 80-77 win over the National University (NU) Bulldogs Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Parang the attitude was 'dapat lang nandan tayo.’ I was telling them, we have to count our blessings. We cannot go to the highest point of the competition if we cannot go into another level so this is another level for us,” he added.
Still, Perasol urges his wards to be better and put all their attention in their last two games in the eliminations - first against the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers on October 27, and second against the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles on October 30.
“We need to be better when we go deeper into the playoffs,” remarked Perasol.
“We’re going up against two great teams, La Salle and Ateneo. First I just wanna focus on going up against La Salle. They’re coached by a great coach, they have great players as well.
“We just have to get this win out of our minds and just focus on what’s on because that's going to be a tough one to be able to stick to the number two spot we really have to go all out in our last two games.”
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