ORLAN Wamar believes that complacency is a sickness Centro Escolar University needs to find immediate remedy for.
The 19-year-old guard didn’t deny that some of CEU’s losses stem from its lax mentality after a win, a trend which continued on Monday as it fell to Go for Gold, 75-60 after repulsing Batangas-EAC, 84-75 last week.
It didn’t help that the Scratchers played undermanned, which further made the Scorpions a little more overconfident.
“Nung nakita kasi namin nung warm-up na parang kulang sila, parang yung mga teammates ko, kaming lahat relaxed. In-underestimate namin sila kaya ganoon yung naging resulta,” Wamar explained.
It’s not much of a surprise, also, that it has been a roller coaster of a conference so far for CEU, as it sits idle at fourth place with its even 4-4 record.
Wamar thinks that with the eliminations entering the homestretch, the Scorpions must shape up and get their act together if they want to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
“Pag coming from win, parang nagre-relax lahat. Kaya yun yung primary na adjustment na kailangan naming gamutin,” he said.
Despite CEU’s struggles, acting coach Derrick Pumaren has done a great job in keeping the team competitive.
And Wamar didn’t fail to notice that as the Scorpions remain dangerous despite the recent coaching change and roster turnover.
“Nasa amin si coach Derrick so mas may advantage kami. Marami siyang experience sa basketball kaya malaking bagay yun,” said the 5-foot-6 guard.
“Pag natatalo kami, naga-adjust siya ng sobra. Kung ano yung mali sa depensa, kung ano yung kulang, ina-adjust niya. Dinadagdagan niya yung mga tinuturo niya sa amin every after ng game.”
Wamar remains confident, though, as CEU remains relentless in its approach to improve every game.
“Every day sa ensayo, compete lang kami ng compete sa bawat isa. Kailangan lahat kami, pataas ang laro,” he said.
With Gillian Geronimo