BOTH San Beda coach Jamike Jarin and Arellano mentor Jerry Codinera refused to pin their sluggish starts to the bad weather that disrupted their preparations for the second round battles in the NCAA.
The Red Lions and the Chiefs may have won their respective ballgames on Tuesday but both teams started out slow, which could be due to the monsoon rains battering Metro Manila the past few days that affected practice conditions in their respective gyms.
“You can’t do much in practice. I’m sure everybody had the same problem na slippery floor,” said Jarin.
“Siguro four to five days, grabe ‘yung moisture sa gym namin. Hindi kami makatakbo ng full court,” added Codinera.
Still, both coaches agreed that there was no excuse for their lackadaisical start as their respective opponents came out swinging early despite going through similar weather conditions.
Jarin credited College of Saint Benilde for their play at the start of the game that forced the Red Lions to adjust before taking the 82-64 win.
“Talagang parang tulog,” said Jarin on their slow start. “We needed 20 minutes to wake up pa to do the right things. I have to give credit to Benilde. They were able to break our press.”
Codinera said their offense was also in disarray with San Sebastian gamely taking on the challenge to finally break their losing skid. The Chiefs eventually won a close one against the Stags, 89-84.
“No excuses. Hindi maganda ‘yung opensa namin nung first two quarters. Pumick up lang nung third and fourth quarters,” said Codinera.
Even Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican admitted the Altas were sluggish in practice because of the weather conditions this week.
“Hindi excuse para sa amin ‘yun. Sa totoo lang, wala sa ayos ‘yung practice namin kasi sobrang dulas ng court,” said Gican.
More importantly for Gican, the Altas players didn’t get injured during practice and handily beat Emilio Aguinaldo College, 71-59, on Tuesday.
“Ang maganda sa amin, walang nadisgrasya. Tuluy-tuloy ‘yung trabaho ng team,” said Gican.