UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Rensy Bajar said he was not surprised, and is not worried about the heightened expectations after the Maroons logged a 2-0 start in the UAAP, the State U’s best in a decade.
Bajar, tapped to take over the Maroons just before this season, said players work tirelessly and are reaping the rewards.
“Pinakita nila kung gaano sila naghihirap sa practice. Eto ’yung nagiging outcome ngayon,” said Bajar.
“Hindi na ako nagugulat sa mga bata. Araw-araw, nakikita ko sila sa practice kung ano ’yung sipag at sakripisyo nila.
“Hindi na kami nagugulat na 2-0 kami. Very motivated sila ngayon. Sabi ko sa kanila, wala namang mag-momotivate sa kanila kundi sarili nila,” Bajar said.
UP’s 2-0 start is made sweeter by the fact the minnows made it at the expense of perennial title contender La Salle.
The wins remain the talk around campus but Bajar, a veteran of the domestic and overseas leagues, said stressed they are not looking too far ahead.
“’Yun namang expectations, we are just playing one game at a time,” said Bajar.
“Bago naman kami dumating dito, walang nag-expect sa amin na makaka2-0 kami.”
For his part, Paul Desiderio, who came away with 13 points in the victory over La Salle, stressed the coaching staff’s role in motivating them to perform well this season is a huge factor.
“Binibigyan nila talaga kami ng kumpiyansa ngayon. Si coach Rensy, si coach Joe (Ward). Parang tatay na rin namin sila coach. Basta kami tulung-tulong lang kami dito ngayon,” said Desiderio.