AFTER failing to make the finals of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, Philips Gold import Bojana Todorovic vowed to get the next best thing for the team.
The outspoken American said she’ll try to steer the Lady Slammers to a third place finish when they meet Cignal in Saturday’s classification match at the Imus Sports Center.
Game time is at 1 p.m.
Philips Gold came up short of making the title series after losing to Foton in their knockout semifinal on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan, 18-25, 24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 8-15.
“We’re gonna come fighting, we want that third (place), now that’s our goal,” said Todorovic, who exploded with 31 points for Philipins Gold in a losing stand.
The former Team USA junior member admitted the sorry loss haunted her for the entire night, but it’s the lessons she learned that will keep her going in the next phase.
“It’s tough. It’s a tough loss, we’re really upset if anything, disappointed,” sighed Todorovic, one of the league’s top attractions this conference.
“First of all I thought this shouldn’t have gone to five (sets), we should’ve taken care of it. The first set and second set and it took us a long time to really, really get going and then when it did, the end of it all some of it is fatigue, some of it is mental.
“I can give you a thousand excuses why but it’s just sport, someone’s got to win, someone’s got to lose. Unfortunately we’re on the other end,” she added.
“At the end of it all you’re going to learn from every mistake, every ‘almost’,” she continued.
“Every ‘almost’ you get a little closer to getting there and even though we lost this game I think all these tough four teams could be in the finals. Just the luck of the draw.”
The member of University of Los Angeles California's 2011 NCAA champion tram expressed disappointment she was not able to carry her team to the title series and that she could only watch the championship from the sidelines as spectator.
“Absolutely (I’m bummed not fighting for the Finals) we wanted it (championship) I think we could’ve had it,” she said. “And that’s the tough part, it’s could’ve, would’ve should’ve but it’s (a) sport.”
“I think if you’re not upset right now you’re really not a competitor, you got to let it hit you a little bit harder so that you can learn something from it,” she added.
“The emotions of sadness, anger and disappointment aren’t bad emotions. They’re there so you could progress.”