MAR Villahermosa has almost singlehandedly carried the Caloocan Supremos-Longrich for most of last season’s MPBL Rajah Cup.
It was then the Supremos realized Villahermosa cannot do it alone.
This season, they made major changes in the lineup and provided their top gun and floor leader the much needed help in the team’s bid of improving from last season’s finish, where it ended up dead last in the 10-team cast.
Villahermosa, a steady guard who can also light up the scoreboard, is upbeat about the Supremos’ chances this time following the retooling they made in the off-season.
“Sa nakikita ko ngayon sa team namin, malaki ang mai-improve this season. We have a good line up na sa tingin ko na lalaban hangang dulo at gagawn namin yung best namin para ma-improve namin yung team standing namin,” wrote Villahermosa in an exclusive online interview with FOX Sports Philippines.
In the off-season, the team acquired key personnel that could help the Supremo’s campaign moving forward.
They tapped former ex-pros JR Cawaling, Paul Sanga and Rene Pacquiao, all of whom have become major contributors in Caloocan’s debut win of the season against the Pasig Pirates-Gameville.
These three key players, according to Villahermosa, had given the squad the depth it needed to contend against the big boys in the league.
But more than retooling its line up, Villahermosa sees the team’s character as one of the crucial factors for the squad’s success.
“Yung attitude namin, I can say, that we have a positive outlook in life that we can carry inside the basketball court. We already have a good jelling and we’ll be playing as a team at sa tulong at gabay ng Coach namin, nagkaroon kami ng kumpyansa sa team namin,” added Villahermosa.
The changes in the Caloocan Supremos’ camp will have to begin on head coach John Kallos, who had to make a lot of sacrifices this season to focus on the team’s ultimate goal.
“I had to give up a lot. I had to give up my other coaching duties as I want to concentrate on this team,” added Kallos. “Together, we can make it happen.”