EVEN with a five-game winning streak intact, University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio swears there’s still no pressure on the part of his team now that it is in the top echelon of the standings.
“Hindi nga kami pinag-uusapan, ngayon pa ba kami nape-pressure,” said Jarencio. “Ma-pressure ka kung pinag-uusapan ka tapos hindi ka nananalo.”
The Growling Tigers will look to extend their run for a joint tie for first place as they take on struggling Adamson at 2 p.m. to wrap up the first round of hostilities in the UAAP seniors basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jarencio acknowledged his players’ attitude are what got them to a 5-1 win-loss card, including a recent 68-58 triumph over University of the Philippines.
“Alam nilang kailangang pagtrabahuhan ‘yung bawat panalo kaya naka-focus talaga ang mga bata,” said Jarencio.
That same no-letdown attitude is what Santo Tomas will bring in its game against Adamson, which despite a 1-5 win-loss card, is still a formidable foe, according to Jarencio.
“Malalaki sila at kahit papano, well-coached team with coach Leo Austria. Hindi lang talaga nila nakukuha ‘yung jelling nila,” said Jarencio.
In the first game, University of the East seeks a perfect follow up to its breakthrough victory when it goes up against winless UP (0-5) at 4 p.m.
The Red Warriors finally notched a win when they beat Adamson, 71-66, last Wednesday.
“First time kami nag-lead all the way,” noted UE coach Jerry Codinera. “It takes one win para ma-boost ang self-esteem namin.”