AS focus shifts to the Fiba-Asia championships, college stars use the break to rest their aching bodies while coaches go back to the drawing board ahead of the second round.
All college leagues take a break when the continental championships is staged from August 1 to 11, a welcome breather for Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena who missed two games due to his sprained ankle and had been playing through pain the past few games.
"(The break I'd for) therapy for (my) injury," said Ravena.
UAAP action resumes only on August 14 but coach Bo Perasol says the Blue Eagles “won’t actually have a break,” as they try to make good use of the extra time to analyze their performances after a subpar 3-4 win-loss record at the end of the first round of eliminations.
"We will work on the aspects of our game that need refining," said Ateneo's rookie coach. "We have to be sharp for the second round."
La Salle also holds a 3-4 card and sits at the bottom half of the standings, the reason coach Juno Sauler isn’t in the mood to take it easy during the league-imposed break.
"No break," said Sauler. "Will go on with practices."
Although FEU is unbeaten in seven games, coach Nash Racela says the Tamaraws won't be complacent as he admitted that there are still areas in the Tamaraws' game that need improvement.
"Recovery and rehab for the players," said Racela. "And of course practice pa rin to work on improvements."
Racela will have to manage his time well, however, as he and FEU assistant coach Josh Reyes are also part of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching pool under Chot Reyes.
It's not all work for the players, though.
NCAA second-round play starts on August 12 and San Beda team captain Rome de la Rosa is glad to spend some time away from the hard court.
"I will spend time with my family," he shared. "My sister who came from the states, my daughter and my girlfriend and her family. As well as attend my classes. I'll just use this time to relax."
Courtside beauties won't be missing their respective teams despite the break.
"I'm going to continue to attend the boys practices," said University of the Philippines courtside reporter Bea Fabregas. "(I'll also) work on my radio show and go to the gym."
First on Katz Salao's to-do list is rest, but the University of the East courtside reporter has a loaded schedule at school, while hoping to spend time with family and friends.
"Sleep, focus on thesis and read ahead for class, workout, watch movies with my family and friends that I haven't seen in a while. And of course visit the Warriors once in a while," she said.