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Bullpups focused on preparation as they gun for back-to-back titles, says Abadiano

by Niel Victor Masoy, February 11, 2020 4:05pm

With its win over Far Eastern University Diliman last Wednesday, Nazareth School of National University swept the elimination round in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 High School Boys basketball tournament.

That means the Bullpups are set to enter the Finals outright, leaving the FEU Baby Tamaraws, Ateneo Blue Eaglets, and the Adamson Baby Falcons battling in a stepladder Semifinals.

Of course, the defending champions are happy to get such an advantage, according to one of their main guns in Gerry Abadiano. 

Syempre nung una sobrang saya namin kasi first time namin mag (outright Finals),” the 5-foot-10 guard said.

The stepladder Semifinals will end in about a week and Abadiano said the Bullpups are set to take advantage of this to sharpen their game even more. 

This, despite going undefeated in the eliminations, 14-0.

“Yung mga kailangan i-improve ng team namin, yung individual, doon namin itutuon sa mga practice namin,” remarked Abadiano.

“Hindi naman iniisip kung sino yung kalaban namin. It’s not about sa kalaban namin. It’s about sa team namin kung sino kami, kung paano kami maglaro. Kung sino man makaharap namin sa Finals, mag-prepare kami ng maayos. Maglaro kami kung ano yung laro namin.”

With the defending champion sweeping the eliminations with an average winning margin of 26.5 points, it’s easy to rest on their laurels and be overconfident.

Abadiano said that’s a trap they should not fall into.

“Siguro yung (worry namin) magri-relax yung team namin kasi may mga team like yung sa NCAA. Yung [San] Beda na-sweep nila yung eliminations, pero pagdating sa Finals natalo sila sa Letran,” the graduating guard uttered.

“Ayun yung ayaw naming mangyari. Kaya yung mga mali namin nung first round, second round kailangan mabago yun. Tsaka sinasabihan kami lagi ni coach Gold [Goldwyn Monteverde] na ‘wag magri-relax. ‘Wag ma kuntento kung ano yung narating namin ngayon kasi hindi pa tapos yung goal namin.” 

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