It’s been a frustrating season for coach Roger Gorayeb and his NU team.
After bagging the bronze last year, Gorayeb’s Lady Bulldogs finished fifth in Season 78, seeing their campaign end in a disheartening loss to La Salle Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The veteran mentor, however, has chosen to face the truth.
“We have to bite the bullet,” he said. “Wala ka magawa. Ganon talaga nangyari.”
NU actually started the tournament on the right foot, beating La Salle early in the first round before sputtering and missing the Final Four for the first time since Season 74.
“We started strong. First game namin talo kami sa Ateneo, pagdating ng game namin against La Salle panalo kami. Pagdating ng 3rd game panalo pa rin yata kami doon. Yung turning point dun yung UST,” the coach said.
“Doon na nag-umpisa. Nagsunod sunod na. Parang tatlong laro yung nasayang namin nung first round. Kung nung first round tinalo namin yung UP and UST, wala kaming ganitong problema,” he added.
Despite feeling a lot of regret after the loss, Gorayeb hopes his wards learned something throughout the whole ordeal.
“Dapat matuto sila. Sabi ko nga if you lose games, you learn something, you gain experience. But if you lose games, you build confidence,” he shared.
Now that the UAAP is over for him and the Lady Bulldogs, Gorayeb looks forward to the Shakey’s V-League, where he will be fielding a team with a lot of changes in the lineup.
“Sasali kami sa V-League ngayon. Si (Risa) Sato makakalaro na. May dalawang tapos na residency. May mga dadating ako na players.” — By Arylle Magtalas