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    Dela Cruz regains old, fiery form as Chiefs buy into Ablan system

    Oct 5, 2018
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    NOW in his fourth game as an interim coach for Arellano University, Junjie Ablan knows that there shouldn’t be any more excuses for him or his team regarding familiarity.

    And right on cue, the Chiefs finally played true to their potential.

    The Chiefs snapped out of a five-game slump as they dominated the JRU Heavy Bombers 86-70 and give Ablan his first victory of the NCAA Season 94 on Thursday.

    “Hindi na namin pwede gawin excuse yung nagaadjust kami. Kung ganun lagi hindi kami magmomove on. Sinasabi ko sila na tapos na yung adjustment,” said Ablan who brought in Aries Dimaunahan and retained Tylon Darjuan as his assistants after Jerry Codinera resigned last Septemberr.

    “Hindi ko naman sila pinipilit. Sabi ko lang sa kanila, just trust the process and eventually dahan dahan, hindi naman pwedeng bigla yan. Hindi naman pwedeng magtanim ngayon at bukas kakainin ang prutas. Ganun talaga it’s a process,” said Ablan.

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    Star guard Levi dela Cruz notably struggled in his first few games with Ablan, but against the Heavy Bombers – he certainly looked like his old self.

    Dela Cruz fired a game-high 19 points anchored on five triples to lead the Chiefs to the breezy win.

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    “Hindi ganun kadali pero talagang tinry namin yung best namin kasi si coach Junjie, maganda yung pagtuturo niya sa amin, maganda na ang outcome sa mga nangyayari sa training, tulad ngayon nangyari ngayon,” said Dela Cruz.

    “Hindi naman talaga nakukuha sa madalian yung training namin at yung system ni coach Junjie pero ngayon nakikita na natin.”

    The key for Ablan was to give his players some buffer to adjust, as he gradually instills his system.

    He’s just happy that it’s finally paying off for them.

    “Ako I’m happy for them. Sabi ko naman sa kanila nung una na hindi niyo naman lahat magagawa yung gusto namin. Pero pag siinubukan niyo baka may magandang resulta,” Ablan said.

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    “This time sana mas may makuha sila sa sistema namin.”

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