College of the Philippines took its goal a step farther after sealing a spot within the Remaining 4. The Maroons are actually chasing a twice-to-beat incentive within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event.
And there’s just one manner they’ll obtain that: Hold pounding.
“Coach Gold reminds his gamers … ‘preserve pounding.’ All all through the sport he was reminding the gamers that the house run performs gained’t be captured with only one pound,” stated UP assistant Christian Luanzon.
“We’re simply taking this one recreation and observe at a time. We all know what’s at stake and final recreation it clinched our closing 4 spot. Now, we have now one other objective,” Luanzon added.
The Maroons are all in in relation to the subsequent objective of their to-do record, a dedication cast since early this 12 months.
“They’ve been dedicated since Jan. 15. That’s after we began coaching after ending on Dec. 19 final 12 months, so it was simply just about a month off then we had coaching and preseason tournaments,” Luanzon recalled.
“From a dedication standpoint, they’re there. They’re all the time reminded that it’s greater than the attendance but additionally the psychological half in execution on each ends. Whether or not it’s our units on offense or protection, it requires a excessive stage of focus for these gamers and that’s the dedication they’re exhibiting on the ground to execute them.”
On Saturday, the Maroons discovered one other participant to assist maintain that pounding—and obtain their objective.
Aldous Torculas got here up with a career-high 13 factors whereas including 5 rebounds and two steals to supply the additional spark within the Maroons’ 81-64 victory over the Far Jap U Tamaraws at Sensible Araneta Coliseum that pushed UP nearer to gaining playoff safety within the semifinals.
“I really feel blessed and truly, I’m simply being affected person and I’m simply doing my function in serving to the staff so I’m simply going to maintain doing what I’m doing, one recreation at a time,” stated the second-year ahead.
“I didn’t consider it a lot; I’m simply centered on our objective and the staff and naturally, it boosts our confidence and we’ll be bringing that confidence each recreation.”
UP led solely by seven at halftime in opposition to the Tamaraws however opened the third quarter with a 14-7 run that doubled the hole and despatched FEU out of the working for a Remaining 4 berth.
The Maroons, in the meantime, took their tenth win in 12 video games and remained on prime of the standings, with Nationwide U respiration down their necks.
The Bulldogs have been enjoying at press time.
“The benefit of our state of affairs is, future’s nonetheless in our palms so we’ll handle enterprise within the subsequent two video games and the twice-to-beat [advantage] is clearly, no query, the main target,” Luanzon stated.
Francis Lopez completed 12 factors and 9 boards, whereas Harold Alarcon additionally poured in 11 factors of his personal.
Graduating guard LJay Gonzales led FEU with a game-high 20 factors. Jorick Bautista scattered 17 and 5 rebounds.