BASED on official UAAP records, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons got hot around late October, when the perennial league doormats won three successive must-win games to punch a ticket to their first Final Four appearance in 21 years.
Based on coach Bo Perasol's narrative, one of the most crucial moments of the season happened long before that, when the Maroons attended a two-week training camp in Serbia where they worked like they never worked before.
"This camp made the players realize that they can still dig deeper when usually they surmise there’s nothing more to give anymore," said Perasol.
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The training camp, recommended to Perasol by a friend whose son spent time with the crack trainers in Spain, had the players going through days of training that was so hard it drove them to tears.
"Naiiyak, nasusuka, pero tuloy na rin," said Perasol.
"Easily, yes," Perasol answered when asked if the camp was the toughest he has ever seen. "The camp was personally and individually designed for us after my thorough meeting with camp director and trainers. Nutrition, recovery, etc are all included."
After this camp, the rest of the season seemed easy for the Maroons.