CHIARA Permentilla is glad to salvage some pride at season’s end, getting a boost for Adamson’s next campaign.
The cellar-dwelling Lady Falcons scored a big win in the season-finale over University of the Philippines, giving the team reason to celebrate after a disappointing run.
The victory did not affect Adamson’s placing, finishing with a 2-12 win-loss record, but Permentilla is pleased to somehow get a boost in confidence ahead of her final playing year.
“Mas i-embrace ko ang pagiging senior ko talaga kasi last playing year ko na din,” Permentilla said. “Parang story ulit this season na mas lamang ang rookies kaysa sa seniors so kailangan talagang mas mag-step up kami.”
A key player for the midtable Adamson squad of Season 80, Permentilla was almost a non-factor this year as the Lady Falcons languished in the cellar. She admits her confidence took a hit in the preseason and could not get things going in the UAAP.
Permentilla averaged 7.5 points in the first 14 matches, but came up with a solid performance in the final match, scoring a season-high 16 points as the Lady Falcons ended a nine-match skid.
“Sabi ko talaga na hindi pwedeng matapos ang season na ‘to na di ko nare-redeem ang sarili ko,” Permentilla said. “Kasi whatever happens toward the end of the season is how people are gonna remember me.”
“Gusto ko maganda naman ang isipin nila sa Chiara Permentilla,” she added.
The Filipina-Italian spiker said she was determined to repay coach Onyok Getigan’s trust, keeping her in the starting six in the last 11 matches.
“Pinanghawakan ko yung sinabi ni coach Onyok na kung nagtitiwala siya sa akin kailangan mag-perform ako para naman ma-reciprocate ko ang laking tiwala sa akin ni coach,” said the transferee from De La Salle Lipa three years ago.
“Ang iniisip ko na lang na since hindi niya ako tinanggal sa starting six na ipo-prove ko talaga ang sarili ko na kaya kong makabawi, kaya kong makabangon and ipo-prove ko na di masasayang ang starting spot na ibinibigay sa akin,” she added.