ARELLANO coach Jerry Codinera is not worried about burnout after a busy offseason that saw the Chiegs take part in several preseason tournaments not just in Manila but also in the provinces.
Codinera said the Chiefs are about to return to their regular practices sometime next week after taking one week off, following their loss to La Salle in the Filoil Flying V Cup finals last June 12.
The Arellano mentor said the week off should be enough for the Chiefs to get recharged ahead of NCAA Season 92 which will begins on June 25.
“Kaya kami nagpahinga ng isang linggo,” said Codinera, when asked if he is worried about burnout. “Since nung talo namin nung Sunday, nag-break muna kami.”
The Chiefs settled for second place in the Filoil Cup, but were champions in the Fr. Martin Cup twice and won the Got Skills tournament once. Arellano also went to the provinces for pocket tournaments in order to hone its skills.
The Chiefs are seen as the top favorites to win the NCAA Season 92 crown due in large part to their lineup that has Jio Jalalon and Kent Salado as well as their success in the offseason.
Codinera, however, doesn’t want to be complacent as he still sees a lot of things to improve on with one week to go before the start of the season.
“Satisfied naman ako sa performance nila. Pero nakita mo naman din, natalo din kami nung final so so marami rin kaming kailangan i-work on and improve on. Hindi naman natatapos ang improvement,” said Codinera.
Codinera said the Chiefs wilted under the pressure in front of a national television audience when they failed to keep their lead in the first three quarters before bowing to La Salle in the Filoil Cup finals.
“May mga bago din kami na ninenerbiyos pa,” said Codinera.
The Chiefs open the season against Perpetual Help on June 26 at the Filoil Flying V Centre.