Jong Uichico, many-time champion coach, knows the best way to adjust quickly to Talk N Text, a team with a rich winning tradition.
“We’re trying to get things together as soon as we can. Syempre nangangapa rin ako, nangangapa rin yung players namin, so it’s really an adjustment period. What we’re trying to do is we can adjust to each other as soon as possible,” Uichico told sportswriters during the post game interview.
“Syempre, maganda naman yung panalo ngayon para we can look at the positive. Hopefully, we could adjust to each other and the mentality and the system we try to put in.”
Offensively, Uichico adopted the dribble drive offense of former coach Chot Reyes. That style of play netted the Tropang Texters multiple championships for the past few years.
“Hopefully, as practices go on, as games go on, we keep on improving. Ganun lang naman yung goal namin.”
In a previous interview with Tiebreaker Times, Uichico said that he’ll be the one to adjust to the players and not the other way around.
“Walang masyadogn pagbabago. Iba yung sistema ni coach Norman (Black). I just brought back the system, offensively of coach
Siot. I guess they’re more comfortable, of course, naglalagay rin ako ng sa akin. Maliliit na details lang na I’d like to put in. I didn’t change that offensive system.”
Talk N Text mainstay Ranidel de Ocampo said the dribble drive offense is the type of offense players in the team are comfortable running.
“Kailangan naming ibalik yung dribble drive kasi kumportable kami doon and sana maganda ilaro ulit namin,” added De Ocampo.
But if there’s any changes as far as the system is concerned, it should be on the defensive side.
“It was the defensive system that we are trying to come across sa team na ito.”
“I’m trying to incorporate yung kay Coach Norman and kay Coach Chot. Similar rin naman sa amin yung kay Coach Norman because he loves to take advantage of similar situations.”