UE to finish season with heads high: coach
MANILA, Philippines – They may have failed to earn a ticket to the Final Four but University of the East (UE) head coach Boycie Zamar said the Red Warriors will finish the UAAP Season 76 tournament with their heads held high.
UE, one of the pre-season favorites to contend for the UAAP title, crashed out of Final Four contention after losing to Ateneo last Sunday, 72-77, which was their fourth loss in a row.
Zamar has offered no excuses for his team’s disappointing season, even as their campaign was derailed by suspensions to key players, including center Charles Mammie. Instead, the coach told his players that they will finish the season with pride.
“We have to finish the games with heads high,” Zamar said. “Hindi naman pwede na porke natalo ka na ng ilang beses, ayaw mo na. Hindi pwede ‘yung ganoon.”
“This is a character-forming team. This is a school team, and this is the essence of the UAAP,” he stressed. “Eto ang kagandahan dito.”
Zamar acknowledged that the suspensions of key players made for a more difficult season, but stressed that it was his job as a coach to try to win despite their absence.
“As a coach, you have to be ready for these eventualities… 'Yan ang buhay eh. Ma-dehado ka man or llamado, you always have to fight,” he said. “Sabi ko nga sa mga players, this is our privilege.”
“Sabi ko, I don’t want anybody going out, lumalabas sa dugout d’yan na naka-yuko,” he added. “Kung talagang binigay mo ‘yung best mo, hindi naka-yuko dapat. Kung hanggang doon lang ang kaya mo, ganoon talaga.”