As UE’s fruitless run continues, coach Francis Vicente has one request to school administration: just be patient.
The Lady Warriors absorbed yet another loss — their 57th straight — at the hands of La Salle Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After taking the UE job in Season 77, Vicente hasn’t led UE to even a single win in the UAAP. And with this string of futility, the veteran mentor’s job security could be in question once the tournament ends.
“I just do my work. Kung tatanggalin nila ako, sige. Pero isipin natin nasa bottom line yan at lagi sila nasa ilalim,” he said. “Medyo hirap sila umangat, so ngayon nakakuha sila ng malalaking player. Pakiusap ko lang sa kanila, just be patient.”
Aside from Shaya Adorador, who had 7 points, no Lady Warrior finished with more than 4 points, showing the lack of firepower the Recto spikers have displayed throughout the season.
The lethargy UE has shown the past 2 years would have taken down any other coach, but Vicente wants to see to it his vision for the Lady Warriors will come into fruition.
“Pagdating ko dun alam ko na agad na it will take 3, 4, 5 years para totally umangat yan,” he said. “Pumapasok na sa utak nila kung paano maging isang winner, kaso lang hindi nila alam kung paano i-sustain.”
And even though the future looks bleak, the ex-UST High School and NU coach vows to never give up.
“Pag sinabi mong napapagod, wala kang kwentang coach. Hindi pwedeng ganun. If you are re-building a team, kailangan lagyan mo ng tiyaga at puso. Kahit marami nagsasabi. I would never give up what I started,” he said.
“Yung sinumulan ko kailangan tapusin ko on a high note. Kung mag-give up ka, ang pangit yun on my part as a coach. Kahit ano pa mangyari yan, hang on ka pa rin,” he added. — By Arylle Magtalas