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UP coach Bo Perasol addresses ‘ball-dominant players’ dilemma


UP head coach Bo Perasol might be facing a good problem of balancing his star players, but it is a dilemma at the end of the day — especially when it comes to finishing the game.

“Di naman siya obvious pero yung composition ng team namin would really answer that question. Most of my players, my starters, a lot of them are ball dominant guys,” Perasol shared.

The Fighting Maroons just experienced another nerve-wracking match against UE Red Warriors on Saturday, but Jaydee Tungcab’s go-ahead triple would save the day for the team.

UP currently has a average margin of 3.5 points in their four victories, and there is an underlying pattern that the squad tends to rely on one or two players to make a difference during clutch time.

“Although we really wanted to make sure that we have our own plans, we have our own roles, sino mainit, but in the end, pagnakakakita na ng lamang, lumalabas yung personal at individual tendencies to score,” Perasol admitted.

Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras, Jun Manzo, and Javi Gomez De Liaño have been consistent for the Maroons, but other key players such as Juan Gomez De Liaño and Ricci Rivero have yet to found their groove this Season 82.

“It just so happened na marami rin sa kanila nagmimintis pa. Juan is still waiting for his game to come back. Ricci… lahat sila,” the former Powerade mentor quipped. “But there’s going to be a time that they’re going to be back.”

Still, the Season 81 runner up are a huge threat to win the crown this year, and it’s only a matter of time before all of the “Super 6” would wax hot and dominate their competitions.

“Because if there’s going to be a time that’s going to come na lahat sila mainit, mahirap din naman kami talunin,” Perasol assured.