WHEN he was coaching different teams in the PBA and in the UAAP, Bo Perasol had always wondered why alma mater University of the Philippines struggled to come up with victories in the collegiate league.
And in only his second day as head coach of UP Maroons, Perasol got his answer - the reason he wants a complete change in attitude for the UP basketball team and put the ‘fighting’ back in the Fighting Maroons.
Perasol said he has already noticed a 'culture of losing' deeply embedded in the team, something that he hopes to change as the new head coach of the state-run university.
“Kapag nasanay ka na matalo, hindi na masakit matalo,” Perasol said. “Mararamdaman mo kahit practice, nakikita mo ‘yung kaibahan na okay lang magkamali. Nasa attitude.”
“Parang gusto ko, ‘yung tamang bagay lang ang ma-instill ko katulad ng disiplina,” he added.
Perasol brings in a solid resume to the Maroons that included two finals appearances in the PBA with Air21 and Powerade, and two Final Four appearances with Ateneo in the UAAP.
As his first order of business, Perasol, who played for UP from 1989 to 1993, said he wants to instill a “collective experience of winning” and that starts with the little things in practice.
“Kapag sinabi kasi nila na, ‘Let’s go, kaya natin ‘to,’ it’s all lip service. Kaya natin pero ang tanong is ano ‘yung experience natin sa winning. Kaya even sa practice, kailangan ma-instill ko ‘yung kaya natin manalo sa drills, sa 5-on-5 sa kalaban, and ‘yung mga tune-up games.
“We need to have that collective experience of winning na kapag sinabi natin na kaya natin ‘to, may pinanghuhugutan,” said Perasol.
The former PBA coach, however, has realistic goals for the team, adding that a Final Four appearance in his first year at the helm is easier said than done.
“Kahit naman sabihin ko na Final Four, sasabihin ng tao, sinungaling ka. Gusto ko man, pero hindi talaga. Malayo pa lalo na ‘yung onset ng paggaling ng ibang teams. Kailangan maabutan muna namin ‘yung bottom four para magka-chance ka sa taas.
“Kahit anong pilit mo, mahuhuli mo man ‘yung off ‘yung kalaban, at the end of the day, kumbaga sa golf, mararamdaman mo ‘yung handicap mo,” said Perasol.
Perasol said the short-term goal is to help the Maroons put a program in place.
“Sa UP, mataas din ang expectations pero maingat mo lang. How can I be a part of the solution sa problema dito,” said Perasol.