Koy Banal says overachieving Barako has nothing to be ashamed off after exit
"They counted us out even before the start of the conference," said Barako Bull coach Koy Banal, whose surprising Energy team made it as far as the quarterfinals of the PBA Philippine Cup. Jerome Ascano

DESPITE another early playoff exit for Barako Bull, coach Koy Banal is proud of what his overachieving team had accomplished in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.

In a campaign where nobody expected them to be in the quarterfinals, the Energy made it past the elimination round and for a while, gave Globalport a big scare before folding up down in the end and kiss their semifinal hopes goodbye.

Barako Bull finished with a 5-6 (win-loss) slate and entered the playoffs as the eight-seeded team.

Nothing really to be ashamed of, according to Banal, who vividly remembered how the Energy were at the bottom of most of the experts' form charts entering the season.

“Yeah nag-overachieve kami,” admitted Banal as he looked back at how the all-Filipino conference turned out for the Energy.

“They counted us out even before the start of the conference. But we’ve focused only on the things that we have control of, and that is ourselves.”

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Banal said he sees the Energy becoming a better team in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup after what they went through in this all-Filipino conference.

“We have to learn something and use that going to the second conference,” he stressed. “I appreciate the effort of all the players. Everybody’s contributing, even those who are not really playing well, playing a lot, or maybe playing at all, but in their own little way they are contributing something to the team, putting something to the table.”

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