LA Salle and F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus fears more conflicting schedules as the UAAP and PSL enter the crucial stages.
De Jesus’ Lady Spikers dominated the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on Saturday in San Juan, but could not make it to Laguna to guide the Cargo Movers, who suffered a four-set loss to PLDT. De Jesus’ longtime assistant coach Noel Orcullo called the shots for the Cargo Movers.
Last week, the veteran coach managed to make it in time for the match in Muntinlupa, leading F2 to victory over PLDT in a first-round match after guiding La Salle to a big win over University of the East in San Juan.
The UAAP has yet to release its second-round schedule, and there is no talk of De Jesus stepping down from the job in the commercial league, saying he has made it clear to team owners there will be scheduling problems.
“Oo kasi ever since sinasabi ko naman sa team managers na kung pwede na 'wag sana ipagsabay na mag-coach ako pagdating ng UAAP kasi mahirap talaga,” said De Jesus.
“Sobrang sabay. Mahirap talaga kasi, 'yung iba akala na maglalaro lang, pero 'yung preparation ng game. Papaano ka magma-mindset, 'yung planning.” “Iba pa rin 'yung nandoon ako, mas kilala ko 'yungnmga players. Siyempre, sa isang team mahirap mawalan ng father figure sa loob,” he added.
Aside from missing their three-time PSL coach, the Cargo Movers are also dealing with injuries, with Kim Fajardo out due to fractured finger, Kianna Dy sidelined with knee injury and Cha Cruz-Behag nursing a shoulder injury.
“Sa akin, alam ko naman na hindi naman ganoong kalakas 'yung team namin compared doon sa ibang teams na bawat rotation kumpleto,” De Jesus said. “Feeling ko ngayon naghanap 'yung mga players which is pinakamahirap na bagay kasi hindi ko magawang hatiin 'yung katawan ko para pumunta doon.”