There’s no reason for UP to feel down at the end of Season 79 campaign as team skills coach Alex Cabagnot firmly believes a brighter future is in store for the Fighting Maroons.
Though faltering in their last game against UE, Cabagnot was all praises for the Fighting Maroons, who finished with their best win-loss record in 11 years–a welcoming sign for a team that stayed in the cellar for a long time.
Volunteering himself at the start of the season to help head coach Bo Perasol inject a winning culture, the San Miguel Beer playmaker witnessed how the Maroons worked their way up to make a run for a Final Four spot.
With almost the same crew from last season and the addition of prized recruit Javi Gomez de Liano, the Fighting Maroons managed to redeem themselves after a dismal performance in round one of the eliminations.
The Diliman squad made noise in the second round, collecting four wins, including redeeming victories against Ateneo and UST.
“All those guys did well,” Cabagnot told FOX Sports. “We did something good without an import. The top four teams have an import.”
“Just winning against the teams that have imports, I think was a good thing,” he stressed.
But while UP’s return to the semifinals got out of their hand, Cabagnot sees a promising squad heading forward.
“I think there’s a lot more in their potential. I see it every other day, they are really blessed with talent, they’re doing well,” he commended.
And while he’s not at all a part of a UP team in the past, Cabagnot enjoyed the ride with the Maroons after surpassing expectations.
“It’s great for the guys, it’s great for the UP family, it’s great for the school. I think they’ve earned it in this whole process,” he said.
As for him, the willy court general vows to continue his track on mentoring the Maroons in his best way possible.
“It’s another passion of mine, and if time permits why not help the younger generation evolve to something that they never thought they can do, it’s something fulfilling,” related Cabagnot. – By Jason Mercene