ATENEO coach Bo Perasol admitted the presence of former University of the Philippines coach Ricky Dandan in his staff was a big help in the Blue Eagles’ win over the Maroons on Wednesday.
Perasol said Dandan came prepared against a Maroons team he coached for two-and-a-half seasons, disclosing Dandan did a comprehensive scouting report on UP before the game.
“Usually, we get a one-page scouting report. With coach Ricky, he had three (pages), back-to-back,” said Perasol. “Napakalaking bagay ng tulong ni coach Ricky knowing it is his former team and knowing their individual tendencies."
Asked about his thorough scouting report, Dandan said smiling: “Of all the coaches in the staff, ako ang may least information sa UP.”
Turning serious, Dandan said he only took advantage of the situation to help Ateneo gain another win.
“Siyempre, I told them to take advantage. I knew exactly what they are going to do so we just have to take advantage,” said Dandan.
UP coach Rey Madrid, however, was quick to play it down, saying Dandan's familiarity with the Maroons had little to do with the Blue Eagles' victory.
“Well, one thing, yes. But not by much siguro,” Madrid said after the game that saw the Maroons stay close to Ateneo only to lose steam in the end, 75-86.
Dandan said he treated the preparations against UP the same way as other teams.
“Para sa akin, UP is just another team in our schedule that we have to beat, just like how we prepare against other teams,” he said.
Dandan also liked what he saw from the Maroons.
“They were working very hard. Kitang kita naman na they really wanted to win. In fairness to them, there is marked improvement already. ‘Yung rookies from last season and sophomore veterans, kahit papaano, may experience na.”
The loss was the Maroons’ 24 straight games, but Dandan is positive a win by UP will happen sooner than later.
“Hindi naman magtatagal, sigurado mananalo na ‘yan,” he stressed.