MANILA – Newly installed Barako Bull coach Koy Banal believes the team will do just fine despite not having a basketball superstar in their lineup.
Banal said this gives equal opportunity to each member of the team as they work on their chemistry.
“Yun ang maganda sa amin, we don’t have a legit superstar. We want to give everybody equal opportunity. Chemistry ang number one goal namin, to stay together, dapat maniwala kami sa sistema, sa isa’t isa para mag-work yung sistema,” he said in the PBA website.
Banal said it is important for the Energy Cola to improve their chemistry as it will allow the team to adjust even in the most difficult situation.
“Having been a part of coach Tim (Cone’s coaching staff), it’s always the chemistry that will help you in trying times. Kahit saan ‘yun outside basketball, if your family stays together, any problem you can withstand,” said the former assistant coach, who took over the post of Siot Tanquingcen.
Meanwhile, he said he is happy with the way the Energy Cola performed despite losing to Meralco in double overtime, 112-108, on Wednesday.
Banal said their objective against the Bolts was to keep the scores close, and they achieved this by forcing two game extensions.
“The plan was just to make the game close. I’m just thankful that the players gave their best and they made it close,” he said.
Banal said he doesn't plan to change Barako Bull's system right away as they are still in adjustment phase.
“Wala kaming binago. Even if you have one month to prepare, you can only do so much, so we just had some tweaking na ginawa ng konti. The system of coach Siot is still there,” he said.
A longtime assistant in the pro league, Banal said the jitters were natural especially because he only took over the team four days ago.
"Ano magagawa mo sa four days? Iba 'yung nakapag-adjust ka, one month to prepare, one month before the season starts. Meron kang time na mag-adjust e," Banal said....
The Meralco Bolts gifted new coach Norman Black a win in his first game at the helm, but not before surviving a tough Barako Bull squad in double overtime, 112-108, in the 2015 Philippine Cup on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
"That was a well-earned victory for us today. We really needed to work hard to get that win," said Black, who replaced Ryan Gregorio as Meralco coach.
"It's a good start for us, it's the start we're looking for."...
Iconic Purefoods returns, begins quest for five-peat vs Alaska; Meralco, Barako Bull parade new coaches
The Hotshots and the Aces do battle at 7 p.m. while the Meralco Bolts and the Barako Bull Energy collide at 4:15 p.m. Both games are broadcast live on TV5.
Coming off a Grand Slam feat as the San Mig Coffee Mixers, the franchise returned to its old name right before the season, and there is little doubt about them bringing the same winning tradition of the iconic Purefoods team which has won many titles and produced legends of the game....
‘No hard feelings’: Siot Tanquingcen respects Barako Bull’s last-minute decision to replace him as coach
Despite the initial shock, the coach said he understood and that he harbored no ill feelings about the decision.
“I was surprised, of course, kasi two days na lang start na ng season eh,” Tanquingcen told InterAksyon.com....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||0||1||0.000|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||4th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||8th|