The Arena, San Juan
July 29, 2014
If former University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio is the media favorite in the UAAP, Mapua’s Atoy is definitely the biggest hit among the NCAA scribes. Pido, during his days with the Tigers, was used to spew quotable quotes that everyone now likes to call “Pido-ism.” Now coach Atoy is making a cult following, or shall we say niche, on the other side of the fence, which is the NCAA.
You see, the Fortune Cookie made a welcome appearance in the NCAA press room after his Cardinals pulled off a stunner over the fancied San Sebastian Stags, 89-81, Monday to complete the day of upsets. And we all thought it will take long before he makes the required post-game appearances by winning coaches because, we have to admit it guys, that we’re guilty of thinking that Mapua will have a hard time winning or will not win at all because of the, pardon the pun, “misfortunes” suffered by the squad coming into the NCAA’s Season 90.
But hey, Co finally found a way to win, thanks in large part to jump-shooting Jessie Saitanan hitting a season-high 12 fieldgoals in finishing with 24 points. Here are the quotes we got from Co. And we have to thank veteran sportswriter Rey Joble of interaksyon.com for most of it. Thanks, by the way, brother for visiting us in the NCAA. You’re a most welcome sight to us.
“Mas exciting ang laro sa NCAA kaysa sa UAAP.”
“Mas grabe ang depensahan sa NCAA kaysa sa UAAP. Sa depensahan atsaka sa takbuhan. Kita mo naman sa depensa, talagang deny lahat.”
“Sa UAAP, parang semi-pro ang approach.”
“Ang sabi ko nga sa kanila, mayroon na tayong sariling gym. We cannot depend on the hours of practice that we had because it’s very limited.”
“So I told them to work on their own and try to create their own signature move.”
“Tsaka I encourage them to practice shooting. Wag lang basta shooting. Dapat me game face at seryoso. Hindi babagal bagal.”
“Hindi sa pagmamayabang, sabi ko sa players ko, hindi man ako isa sa pinakamagaging na coaches ngayon, sinisigurado ko na naman sa kanila na ako ang isa sa pinakamagaling na players na naglaro sa PBA.”
“Sasabihin ko ke P-Noy na lagi na sya magso-SONA para manalo kami palagi.”
Sportsmaryosep’s prognosis: It’s debatable that NCAA is more exciting than the UAAP. I say 50-50. On defense, I’ll probably go with the NCAA, though slightly. I agree also that Atoy Co is one of the best players in the country during his time. Check Youtube, he really is. About the SONA thing, P-NOY may have played ZONE against us with those lies. I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
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