BARAKO Bull coach Koy Banal felt his team may have found an extra motivation in its PBA Philippine Cup game against KIA Motors Sunday that led to the Energy clinching their first win in the season-opening conference.
Banal admitted he mentioned to the team about the Sorento’s plans to go all-out for the win against the Energy as parting gift to playing-coach Manny Pacquiao, who defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Chris Algieri next week in Macau.
“Kanina minention ko pero hindi sa pre-game talk ko. I just read the title aloud,” said Banal, specifically referring to a Spin.ph article that the Sorento are going for the victory before departing for Macau to personally watch Pacquiao’s title fight.
“I told them, unang-una, ‘yung championship match (between two lowly teams). ‘Yung pangalawa ‘yung sabi ni coach Glenn (Capacio) na that would be their motivation for coach Manny Pacquiao. Maybe silently, nag-stick sa mind nung mga players ‘yun,” Banal added.
Win or lose though, the entire Kia team is bound for Macau for the Pacquiao-Algieri championship bout.
Nonetheless, the Barako Bull coach was too glad the positive attitude he had going to the game translated to the team’s first victory of the season.
Banal wore a long sleeves and necktie in his first coaching win as Barako Bull defeated KIA, 87-71.
The change in outfit though, isn’t about hope of bringing charm to the Energy following their 0-5 start.
“Gusto ko lang to feel good,” Banal said. “After an 0-5 start, I just want to feel good about this coming to the game kaya I decided to wear a necktie and long sleeves.”
Instead, Banal was glad patience finally paid off for the Energy as they grabbed their first victory of the tournament.
He also mentioned a sermon in the church early in the morning served as fitting words coming into the game.
“Ang ganda ng sermon and the title was ‘Wait expectantly’ and I related it to the team. After five games namin that we failed to get a win, I believe we need to expect good things to come especially that we were beaten badly in the last two games. It was good that everybody responded,” said Banal.
The Barako coach mentioned their game plan against Ginebra worked well for the team only for the Energy to sputter in the endgame.
“Nung natalo kami, I asked them if it was a good game plan (against Ginebra) and they said yes. I told them that we will be smarter next time and that was what we did,” said Banal.