“Nahirapan kami! Napakahirap. Sobra!”
These were the opening lines of Adamson coach Domeng Custodio coming to the post-game interview just minutes after playing neck-and-neck with UP, 25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25, 15-13, Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
The Soaring Falcons seemed to cruise through the 1st 2 sets before the Fighting Maroons banked on Alfred Valbuena to change the pace of the game.
Fortunately for Custodio, the spikers off San Marcelino recovered just in time to nab a share of the lead with a 5-1 record.
“Nagtrabaho naman talaga sila, malakas naman ang UP,” the coach said of their foes. “Sa blocking (nila kami pinaghandaan). Alam naman namin ‘yan kasi ‘yan ang ginawa nila sa ibang teams na kalaban nila eh.
“Ang gaganda ng receive nila. Alam naman namin na maghahanda sila dahil gusto din nila mapasama sa (Final Four),” he added.
Despite being 1 of the top teams so far, Custodio doesn’t want Adamson to look too far ahead.
“Sa ngayon hindi pa (nap-pressure), pero pag malapit na siguro. Pero ayaw ko magsabi (ng Final Four agad). Dito pa nga lang na (dikit) nap-pressure na ako eh, kasi inaalagaan namin yung ranking namin tapos biglang ganun,” he closed. — By Arylle Magtalas