Leading up to their rematch against defending champion Ateneo, FEU prepared well and hard, says Bernadeth Pons, studying every play of the Lady Eagles as they geared up for a possible upset.
Alas, it didn’t happen for the Lady Tamaraws and Pons admits they lost probably because of over-excitement.
“Hindi yun yung laro namin. Sa sobrang excited namin siguro na alam namin na kaya namin talunin yung Ateneo, yung gusto ng utak namin, hindi na nagtutugma sa ginagawa namin sa loob ng court,” she said.
Alyssa Valdez had 20 points in just 3 sets for Ateneo, highlighting the fact that none of the Morayta spikers even broke into double figures in a game when a third of their total points came off the Lady Eagles’ errors.
“Medyo nagkulang lang yung basa pero naaral namin yun,” the Bacolod native added. “Kami kasing mga seniors, kami din yung nawala. Kaya na-down na rin yung mga bata.”
In a separate interview, FEU coach Shaq delos Santos blasted his veterans, especially Pons and senior Remy Palma, for not stepping up to the plate.
With their season on the line when they face NU this weekend, the Lady Tamaraws would have to get solid production from their old hands to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Pons, for one, knows the implications of their battle against the Lady Bullodgs.
“Kailangan namin maka-recover talaga,” she said. “Kung ano man nangyari sa Ateneo, maging lesson na lang din siya sa amin para sa remaining games namin.” — By Joyce Palad