UNIVERSITY of the East coach Joe Silva rued the Warriors’ poor finish that cost them a big win over the national training pool, but is nonetheless pleased with what he saw.
The Warriors were nipped by the Gilas cadets in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup in San Juan after, letting an 11-point lead slip away from their grasp.
“Eto ’yung mga talo na maganda kasi you learn from it. For three-and-a-half quarters, I told them inside the dugout we were sticking to the system, and that system made us lead. And then, last five minutes, I don’t know kung sanay sila, nag-kanya kanya sila.”
“That’s what I told them. Stick to the system. Stick to what we’ve practiced and stick to what we do everyday, we will be fine,” Silva, who won a UAAP championship with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, said.
Led by Alvin Pasaol, the Red Warriors went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter and held a 61-50 lead early in the fourth period before going scoreless in the final nine minutes.
It was still an admirable performance by the Warriors in Silva’s first game since taking over this month from Derrick Pumaren, and the champion juniors coach looks to build on it.
“Effort was there,” said Silva.
“I started May 1. We’ve been practicing for only three weeks. What we are trying to do is change the culture. We haven’t really been putting our system. It’s about individual skills, getting stronger, mindset, video viewing. ‘Yun pa lang nagagawa namin,” Silva said.