PETRON having too many leaders on the floor apparently is taking its toll on the Blaze Spikers in their Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix finals showdown against Foton.
Coach George Pascua rued about the matter following the Blaze Spikers’ 25-14, 21-25, 19-25, 22-25 loss to the Tornadoes in Game One of the best-of-three title series after starting the match on a high note.
“Isa pa ‘yung mental toughness ng player kasi once na leader ka kasi gusto mo ikaw palagi eh. Sabi ko nga sa kanila ang kailangan lang magtutulungan sila gaya ng mga before na ‘di ko alam ang tamang term kung ego ba. Nangyayari ‘yun siguro dala na rin ng emotion,” said Pascua.
The former national team coach stressed a good leader walks the talk, but unfortunately for the defending champion, no one stepped up to the call of duty.
“Kasi as a good leader kailangan ‘di mo lang siya sinasabi eh, ‘di ka lang nage-execute ng talk sa kanila. Ang kailangan lang pakita mo ang laro mo as a leader. ‘Yun ang gusto kong mangyari sa kanila kasi iba 'yung sinasabi, iba 'yung ginagawa , iba 'yung sumusunod sa nangyayari,” said Pascua.
Aby Marano, who only scored two points in the series opener loss, shared the sentiments of her coach.
The Former La Salle skipper believes everybody in the team has their opinion but nobody bothers to listen or act.
“Sa tingin ko ang daming leaders, hindi nga namin napapansin kasi hindi nag-uusap, parang nagkaroon kami ng flaw tapos lahat magsasalita. Pero hindi naman lahat mag-aabsorb ng sinabi magbabato lang kami ng ideas namin pero walang nag-aabsorb,” said Marano.
Pascua and Marano however, hopes the Blaze Spikers can shake off their bad start and bounce back in Game Two set Monday at the Astrodome.