BO PERASOL said that his ‘run-and-gun’ offense will be a perfect fit for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, but also assured that he will keep an open mind with regards to changes in the style of play of a team that had won the last five championships in the UAAP.
Perasol, officially named to take over as Ateneo coach from Norman Black on Monday, has employed the run-and-gun style of play with a lot of success in the PBA, leading Powerade as far as the Finals last season despite the absence of top-notch big man in his lineup.
Perasol now finds himself in the same predicament at Ateneo, where seven-foot center Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, and Justin Chua have all played out their eligibility in the UAAP.
“It will not only fit, it is necessary,” Perasol told Spin.ph in a telephone interview hours after his hiring was formally announced by the school. “I think ‘yung transition game sa akin will be really necessary to offset ‘yung kakulangan namin ngayon sa bigs.”
Perasol will inherit a team built around the core of explosive guard Kiefer Ravena, Ryan Buenafe, and Juami Tiongson. It was also a team that anchored its success under Black on a top-notch defense.
Perasol promises to be very flexible as the team makes the transition to a new coach.
“When it comes to the system, titignan ko kung ano ang tinatakbo nila ngayon. Kung ito ang ginagawa nila for many years, why change it? Hindi importante sa akin ngayon ‘yung ang akin, akin. What’s important is what is working, kung ano na ba ‘yung ginagawa nila at na-master nila,” Perasol said.
But on his run-and-gun offense, Perasol added: “We have to do that in light of the absence of those big men, kung paano kami tatakbo kung walang big men.”
Perasol will attend Ateneo practices beginning on Monday to meet the players and the staff. He is also expected to watch the Blue Eagles play University of Santo Tomas in Game One of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League best-of-three finals on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.
“Most probably (manonood ako). Hindi ko na kailangan magtago-tago,” Perasol said.
Perasol said he wasn’t surprised that Pangilinan and Ateneo were back in each other's arms.
“’Yung nag-uusap kami ni MVP and Fr. Jet, I can sense that it was just a matter of time na magkakausap rin sila and eventually magkakaintindihan din sila,” Perasol said.