WHEN it rains, it definitely pours for TY Tang and the rest of the St. Benilde coaching staff.
Nearly 24 hours after winning the PBA D-League title with Go for Gold – under the guidance of Blazers assistant Charles Tiu, Tang and the gang were it again, ending their first round with an all-important 84-77 win over Perpetual Help in the NCAA Season 94.
With what transpired over the past two days, it’s a weekend that the Benilde coaching staff will certainly enjoy.
“Malamang itutuloy na namin over the weekend yung celebration namin. Mga dalawang araw pa kaming hindi matutulog nito,” Tang said in jest.
“It’s just another perfect weekend for us. Hopefully hindi maubusan ng ganun, we work hard, we pray hard and of course we play hard,” he added.
From a 3-4 record, the Blazers ended the first round with a share of third place – as it ended with 6-3 slate, with the help of the forfeited game of San Sebastian.
Now Tang hopes to translate that late-round push into second-round success as the Blazers target their first Final Four appearance in 16 years.
“We played at par after all those nine game. There are games na I’ve felt we could have won it’s just a matter of immaturity towards our team,” Tang said.
“I’m hoping we pick up from that and mature and gain experience that when that situation comes for us, we’ll not stop playing and keep fighting. When that happens, we’ll play the Benildian way.”
Moving forward, the former Rain or Shine guard hopes that they leave all their bad habits behind while continuing to pick up their defensive intensity heading into the latter stretch of the tournament.
“I want us to forget about turnovers. There are so many turnovers we committed in the past game. We’re top two in terms of turning the ball over. Another would be not being passive again. Today it showed, in the first half we weren’t as aggressive as we were during the practice. We have to know our identity,” Tang explained.
“Aside from that, I want to continue on with our aggressiveness in terms of defense, one on one, team defense and half court defense. We got to this point so far because we’re playing hard nosed defense.”