NEW University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol isn't counting on a major breakthrough this UAAP season, setting a modest target for the long-suffering Maroons.
The Maroons finished with a meager three wins last season and Perasol said he'll be happy to see his alma mater surpass that total while putting in the building blocks for the future.
"I'm hoping it's going to be better than three wins," said Perasol, who handled Ateneo last year. "For me what's important is (malaman) kung ano dapat naming palitan so we could have a better program in the years to come and this is going to be the starting point."
"Hindi naman natin maloloko basketball community. They know we've really been there for so long a time and it's not easy to go up."
But other teams cannot write them off just yet, Perasol warned.
"We are not the biggest team, but I think our guards can hold their ground against the guards of other teams," said Perasol, whose squad will be bannered by main man Jett Manuel.
"Hindi rin malalim bench namin but if we get our acts together, I think we can make surprises."