Early benching motivated Rem Palma to finish strong in FEU win over UP

An early poor outing against the UP Lady Maroons put Remi Mary Joy Palma on the bench in the first set of their 5-set thriller, but the Lady Tamaraws captain said the benching proved to be beneficial in the long run.

The Lady Tamaraws were on track to overcoming a 10-19 hole and a 20-24 deficit in the first set when Palma came back to complete the run. They took the next set before surviving the Maroons, who sent the game, in five sets, 27-25, 25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 15-8.

“Pina-visualize sa akin kung ano yung gagawin ko kasi hindi ko mabasa kung ano yung ba-blocking ko. Ganun talaga kami para mas makita mo sa labas kung ano yung gagawin mo sa loob para maka-adjust lang din ako,” Palma told FOX Sports.

“Ok lang sa akin wala namang ano sa akin kapag pinalitan ako kasi mas ok na magperform ng maayos si (Jeanette) Villareal, lalo mas bata yun so ok lang din sa akin pero nung binalik ako sabi ko babawi ako, so ginawa ko yung part ko.”

Palma finished the game with 15 points, the second highest for the Tamarraws behind the 24-point explosion from Toni Rose Basas.

Palma typified the Lady Tamaraws’ penchant for slow start. But nonetheless they proved that they can hold their ground when it mattered most.

“Lagi silang nauuna sa amin parang ano nga yung tawag sa team namin is diesel, nauuna yung kalaban pero nagagawa naming habulin tapos nung fifth set na pinag-usapan namin na hindi na pwedeng mauna na naman sila. So kami, sabi ko din sa kanila ‘unahan na natin at least nasa atin na yung momentum. Mas madaling makaangat kesa naghahabol ka lalo pa 15 lang yun sobrang bilis lang,” Palma explained.

The Tamarraws got a hold of an early 5-0 lead in the fifth set and UP never had a chance to overcome that deficit and complete their comeback.

This maturity in the endgame, Palma pointed out, will be an important factor once their bid in the UAAP starts.

“Yung lagi sa aming sinasabi ni coach na yung maturity kailangan matutunan na namin paunti-unti para ma-apply din namin sa mga future games lalo na sa UAAP kasi contender din yung UP so magandang experience ang na-gain namin ngayong araw.”

For Palma, they won’t stop until they¬†can translate these experiences into a championship run.

“[Ang] Stage namin [ngayon] is learning pa rin kasi pag nag-stop nag-aral parang hanggang dun ka na lang, so nage-explore pa din kami hanggang sa maging consistent na maging matured na sa ginagawa namin, hanggang sa makita namin na kaya na naming talunin kahit sino yung makakaharap namin.” – By Chester Fajardo¬†

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