COACH Britt Reroma believes he is facing a steep uphill climb as he tries to steer middling team University of San Carlos in the juniors competition of the 13th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament starting on Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.
USC has a tough assignment on opening day as it takes on last year’s runner-up University of the Visayas.
After an abrupt resignation from San Beda, considered the country's top breeding ground of basketball talent, Reroma admits it is a far different environment at USC, which has not won a Cesafi title.
But Reroma said he is steadily adjusting to the change, especially with the talent level of his wards.
“With San Beda, most of the time, (the players) came in as polished products. With USC, I really have to be more patient with the players,” Reroma said in an interview during the league’s press launch.
“I feel like I need to be there not just as their coach but also as a father and brother figure,” he added.
Barely two months into the job, Reroma has presided over a steady transformation of the squad but he said they may have barely scratched the surface of their potential.
“If I were to rate it, I’d give it just a six out of 10. Based on the tune-up games that we’ve had, the boys have been very competitive and I hope that translates into the real games when the league starts,” added Reroma.
Reroma will be banking on a veteran-laden squad bannered by big man Scott Aying, the son of former PBA player Danny Aying who is the current head coach of Don Bosco.