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    Blackwater coach gets a load off his chest after another letdown

    Mar 18, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    BLACKWATER coach Bong Ramos is leaving the fate of the entire team in the hands of management following a loss that ended the Elite’s hopes of a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    “Tapusin na lang namin ‘yung last game namin and then we will see what happen sa whole roster,” said Ramos after another lopsided 122-101 decision at the hands of NLEX on Sunday ousted the Elite from the quarterfinal picture on a 2-8 card..

    The loss came on the heels of Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy baring plans for a major shake-up within the team as the losses piled up for the Elite. Ramos said it is up to Sy on what he wants for the team.

    “Right naman niya ‘yun. It’s his call. Lahat naman ng desisyon nila, wala akong control. Whatever it is, I respect that. Wala naman siyang sinabi kung sino but I think, he said from the coaching staff to the roster so ibig sabihin the whole team,” said Ramos.

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    Ramos accepted the blame for the Elite's struggles this conference.

    “As a coach, kargo ko sila lahat. Pag natalo sila, kasalanan ko. Dapat sana, makita rin natin saan ba nangagaling at bakit nagka-ganun,” said Ramos.

    Ramos said he struggled to coach the team especially after Poy Erram, Paul Zamar, and Nard Pinto were traded to other teams before the start of the season, but made it clear these were not the reason for the struggles.

    “Hindi ko kontralado ‘yun. Ang akin, as a coach, ‘yun lang ang puwede ko gawin. Kung ano ang nandyan, I’ll try my best to coach them. Ang sisiguraduhin ko lang, hindi ako nag-cheat. When I said cheat, hindi ako nagpahinga, hindi ako nag-relax. ‘Yun lang ang kaya namin,” said Ramos.

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      Ramos added Sy’s belief that Blackwater can be a middle-of-the-pack team is achievable.

      “Honestly, puwede naman kami mag-middle eh, kung masusunod sana ‘yung ginagawa namin ng mga bata na ‘to,” Ramos said.

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      “Ako talaga, as a coach, nag-struggle ako. Nahirapan ako. Una, siyempre ‘yung galing kami sa number five sa eliminations, umangat kami. Tapos suddenly, nagkaroon ng parang rebuilding. Ang hirap, kasi I need more games.

      “Katulad niyan, may mga players ako na umaayaw. Hindi ko kaagad nakita na ganyan kung isang tune-up game lang. Makikita mo ‘yun pag nakakatikim ng talo. Kapag natalo, umaayaw. Ibig sabihin, may mga players ako na maaaring non-winner.

      "‘Yun ang nakikita ko personally. But I don’t blame them. Lahat ng talo namin, kasalanan ko ‘yan. Kapag hindi kami nakapasok, kasalanan ko. Ang sa akin lang, basta masunod ‘yung gusto ko. Ngayon iba,” said Ramos.

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