Gonzales happy with Batangas’ q’finals feat despite exit

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Eric Gonzales. PBA IMAGESBatangas may have lost the battle, but for coach Eric Gonzales, his team didn’t entirely lose the war.The soft-spoken mentor was glad with the way his team fought in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation cup, even branding the campaign as an “overachievement.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan ranks Kobe ahead of LeBron: ‘Five rings beat three’ That is, if they decide to give the PBA D-League another go next season.“It’s up to boss,” Gonzales pointed to team manager Atty. Ruel Camobas. “I know boss is passionate and he’s happy with what the team has achieved. I’ll just do the coaching here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Still, Gonzales was all smiles as he reflected on the jump his side had following a disappointing maiden campaign in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where at 4-5, Batangas just missed out on advancing to the playoffs.“Nevertheless, I’m happy with what we were able to come up with, especially to those who played in a competitive setting in the first time. I thank God for what the team has achieved.”Adding to Gonzales’ elation was the emergence of Cedric de Joya, who showed tremendous potential despite his size.“Our bunso (little brother) stepped up,” he said. “But it can’t go any further than that. We still need strong supporting role players.”With the foundation already laid out, Gonzales could only wonder what the future holds for the Batangueños.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube “For me, us reaching the quarterfinals is a bonus,” said Gonzales in Filipino after the Batangueños exited the tournament in an 81-74 defeat to CEU on Thursday. “We dealt with a lot of things, especially losing Joseph Sedurifa. We got reinforcements, but we didn’t have enough time to build that chemistry.”Batangas had to scamper for a replacement as it hoped to fill the shoes left by the Meralco-bound Sedurifa, who was the team’s leading scorer for the whole conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Out of desperation, the team signed up Robby Celiz, Michole Sorela, and Leo Avenido from the eliminated teams, while acquiring Joseph Gabayni and Jebb Bulawan from the free agent pool.However, with just one day to prepare, the chemistry which helped the Batangueños finish the eliminations with a 6-4 slate didn’t live up to par resulting in the early exit. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surlast_img read more

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