FORMER Far Eastern University team captain Remy Palma has urged the Lady Tamaraws to be strong in their belief when they take on the top-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in their do-or-die UAAP Final Four game.
Palma's final season at FEU ended in the Final Four stage at the hands of Ateneo - a fate that she hopes the present-day Lady Tamaraws can avoid when they try to knock off the Lady Eagles on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The fourth-seeded Lady Tamaraws beat Ateneo last weekend to force the sudden-death match and Palma is counting on them to go all the way.
“Kakayanin nila kasi nagawa naman nila nung Game One, na-push talaga nila ng rubber match so nakaka-proud bilang ate nila,” said Palma during Petron’s guesting in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at Amelie Hotel Manila.
The 5-foot-10 middle blocker, a vital cog in Petron's run to back-to-back Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix titles, believes Heather Guino-o has what it takes to lead the team to the finals in her final season with the team.
“Sa nakikita ko naman na improvement, sobrang laki lalo na kay Heather Guino-o kasi sobrang galing na niya maglaro, matalino siya maglaro,” said Palma on her former teammate.
The untimely loss of rookie sensation Lycha Ebon to a knee injury has proven to be a blessing in disguise for FEU, Palma said, as it compelled seniors Guino-o, Jerrili Malabanan, Kyle Negrito, Czarina Carandang, Jeanette Villareal and Buding Duremdes to step up.
“Kahit nawala si Ebon siguro yun din yung naging blessing sa part ng seniors, lalo yung graduating players, na-realize nila na dapat mas mag-perform sila,” she said. "Last playing year mo na wala ka na other chances pa for the next coming years.”