DESPITE the lopsided loss absorbed by University of the East from La Salle, Boycie Zamar is still satisfied with how the Warriors played in his first game back as head coach.
The Red Warriors had a fighting chance against the Archers until the Taft-based school pulled away in the payoff period for a 73-52 victory in their UAAP men's basketball game Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“If you are going to rate our game, umabot pa kami sa third quarter,” said Zamar, who last coached the Red Warriors in 2003. “As coach, ang expectations ko lang is hanggang first quarter. Lumaban sila all game.”
“I’m very happy with the team’s performance. For me, it’s an overachievement. Gusto ko ‘yun makita,” said Zamar, who visited the press room nearly an hour after the loss.
The former national coach said it was difficult to prepare for the game after being appointed coach Thursday to replace old pal Jerry Codinera.
“For the first time in my 30 years of coaching, ngayon lang ako nabigyan ng two days para mag-prepare,” said Zamar, who also works for a Singaporean-based non-government organization that focuses on sports livelihood.
Zamar wants to instill an all-heart attitude to the Red Warriors.
“It’s a matter of hitting them right in their heart. Kumpleto naman sila sa technical skills, I’m just sending them a message. I want to see them fighting until the end,” said Zamar.
The Red Warriors hope to give Zamar his first win back against National University on Thursday.