“Hindi naman kami natalo e, natuto lang kami. Yun ang pinaka importante dun.”
Those were the words coming from RC Cola-Army coach Kung Fu Reyes after the Lady Troopers ran out of gas in a 5-set loss to F2 Logistics in the PSL All-Filipino Conference Saturday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
While suffering a defeat after fighting back from 2 sets down will deflate any other team, Reyes says they are more than happy to have seen how far they can go when battling a much younger squad.
“Happy naman. Ang importante naman is natuto kami kay F2 kung ano yung mga trend. Kaya rin pala naming sumabay,” he said. “Although slow start, di kasi namin na-reach yung gusto namin e. Actually di namin na-meet yung gusto namin mangyari nung first 2 sets kasi very erratic yung first ball namin. Service ganun din, medyo hirap kami maka-convert dun sa target na ginagawa namin.”
It was the first time for both teams to go the distance in the tournament and Reyes he noticed how erratic his wards were as the match was pushed to the limit.
“First time na ganun kadami yung errors namin kasi first time na nagkaroon kami ng 5-setter na laro. Makikita mo sa bandang huli yung mga errors e, touch the net, service outside, palo sa antenna,” he said.
Nonetheless, there will be no time for finger-pointing for the Lady Troopers, as they battle the Cargo Movers anew at the start of the second round Sunday at the same venue.
“Di na naming masyadong iisipin yung errors na yan kasi magagamot naman yan e,” he said. “Mas maganda lang talaga yung gising ni F2 ngayon.”
And while he was at the losing end of a pulsating battle, Reyes was just happy to see thousands of fans going wild as the 2 teams went at it throughout the match.
The experienced mentor said it was nice to have given people at the venue an exciting game.
“Madami namang sumaya e, sumisigaw. Kumabaga para ka nang naglalaro ng Finals,” he said. “What more pag nag finals ka. So hopefully, yung learning namin dito sa laro na to madala namin pagdating sa top 4 starting tomorrow. Yun naman ang pinaka importante sa lahat.” — By Joyce Palad