Laoag failed to cop a podium finish in its first Shakey’s V-League appearance, but coach Nes Pamilar couldn’t be any more prouder of his wards.
“Masaya ako sa na naging resulta, nakarating sa Final Four,” he said after the Power Smashers bowed to Bali Pure in Game 2 of their battle for third series. “Batang-bata pa yung team. At least, natuto yung mga bata, may natutunan sila dito.”
Pamilar hopes their fourth-place finish is just the start of things for Laoag, even though right now, their future is shrouded by uncertainty.
“Sana tuloy-tuloy, kasi nakita ko, parang yung dating inumpisahan kong team, may mapupuntahan,” he said. “Kumbaga, ang players, may skill, potential so kailangan talaga, magkaroon ng maraming exposure tsaka tumaas pa yung level ng kumpyansa at eksperiensya nila.”
Before assembling the Power Smashers, Pamilar was at the helm of the Cagayan Lady Rising Suns, the only team that has swept a Shakey’s V-League tournament in the league’s 13-year history.
He has the same hopes for this group of players, some of which are young, rising stars and some of whom were members of the Lady Rising Suns a couple of years back.
And if the stars align in the future and put them together in place for yet another V-League stint, Pamilar is not keen on just a Final Four finish.
“Mas mataas na sa Final Four (ang goal).” — By John Bryan Ulanday