BFP Firefighter’s playing coach Gilbert Malabanan drives strong to the hoops during the game against the DOH Health Achievers (James Espiritu / Photoville International)
The end of the first-round elimination in the League of Public Servants is just around the corner.
Thus the Bureau of Fire Protection or BFP Fire Firefighters is doubling efforts to move up in the group A ranking.
Their next step is to topple the COA Enablers, who has not won any of its four games as a rookie team, on Sunday, 2:00 pm at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The Firefighters have just emerged from a win over the AFP Cavaliers last Sunday, 104-97, by dominating all quarters and not letting the soldiers even come neck-on-neck.
BFP playing coach Gilbert Malabanan said, “Sinabi ko sa mga players ko hindi namin kakayanin yan kung magpa-practice lang kami, kailangan naming mag-extra effort talaga, mag-practice sila ng individual pagka wala kami practice(I told my players we won’t make it with practice alone. We need extra effort. They should practice individually if we don’t have group practice).”
Coach Malabanan also revealed some keys to the impressive win.
“Unang una ng sikreto namin siguro yung depensa namin at saka yung pagiging play as a team namin at saka nakita naman natin yung share ng ball namin, alam namin yung role namin, kung sino yung shooter, sino yung libre,” he said.
(Translation: Our top secret is probably our defense and our ‘play as a team’ approach. And you have seen how we shared the ball. We know our roles. We know who the shooter is and who is free.)
The second game at 3:30 pm on Sunday awaits the face-off between the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Drug Busters and the Ombudsman Graft Busters.
And in the third game at 5:00 pm, Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Kamao will attempt to maintain its clean record against another two-time champion Judiciary Magis.
Kamao head Coach Luie Gonzales admits his side’s error of starting slow.
“Siguro, as a coach, sa akin magsisimula yun eh. I need to start siguro ibahin ko muna ang approach sa practice plan. Nandito na tayo sa middle ng season going to the next round medyo malalakas na yung kalaban. Hindi pupwede na mag slow start kami. I need to address that problem,” said Coach Luie Gonzales .
(Translation: Maybe as a coach, it should start with me. Maybe I need to start changing my approach on the practice plan. We are already in the middle of the season going to the next round, competition is getting tougher. We can’t afford a slow start.)
Watch Sunday’s triple-header live at the Pasig City Sports Center with live streaming via untvweb.com.