SIMPLE hand gestures can be used to call plays, but Cignal wants to make things clearer.
The HD Spikers have sought the help of interpreters, and Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar said they can now communicate better with their foreign players.
Whether it would be effective at the playing arenas will be known when Cignal guns for a share of second spot in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix as it faces winless RC Cola on Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The HD Spikers hold a 1-1 card and are hoping to move up the team standings, confident they have already adjusted with their Chinese reinforcements.
Acaylar expects Li Zhangzhan and Lei Xie to work much better now with Danika Gendrauli and other local players. In their previous game against Petron, Zhangzhan finished with 22 points Xie added 12 markers.
Game time is at 2p.m.
“I make sure na I tell the interpreter na 'yung imports kailangan mag-adjust sa set plays namin,” said Acaylar. “At ako rin mismo nag-aaral ako ng konting words para makausap sila.”
“Nagagawan naman ng paraan na makausap sila (Chinese imports).”
Acaylar also reminded his players to have fun and not be pressured too much.
“Tapos 'yung local players ko naman sinasabihan ko sila na sila ang maunang mag-adjust at i-enjoy 'yung laro yung mga Chinese kasi di marunong ngumiti sa court," he added.
Cignal is eyeing joint second with idle Cagayan Valley (2-1), while RC Cola aims to win after two losses.
In the other women's match, TMS Philippine Army (2-1) tries to bounce back from its three-set loss against PLDT MyDSL when it takes on will winless Petron (0-2) at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, Giligan's will try to extend its winning streak to three in its 6 p.m. match against Systema (1-1).
Former UAAP stars John Depante and JP Torres of University of Santo Tomas and Ronald Tonquin and Edjet Mabbayad of Far Eastern University are again expected to deliver for the Sisig Kings.