By: Jonash Dannug
With Rebisco-Philippines finally playing as a cohesive unit, team captain and former NCAA Most Valuable Player John Vic De Guzman shared the team’s key following their most dominant victory in the 2019 Spikers Turf Reinforced Conference.
“I think ‘yung pinaka-key lang namin is ‘yung enjoyment inside the court.
“Nakita naman natin ‘yung ginalaw ng bawat isa, though may mga lapses pa unti-unti. Pero nakita naman na ‘pag nage-enjoy lang kami sa loob ng court, mas nama-manage namin, saka mas nao-organize namin ‘yung takbo ng laro,” said the product of Saint Benilde.
Playing with smiles clearly changed the game, as the Nationals dumped the Philippine Army Troopers in straight sets, 25-12, 25-20, 25-8, in their most impressive win of the tournament.
De Guzman, who contributed nine points in the win, was the energizer of the team with his emphatic attacks.
Though looking like a well-oiled machine, the three-year pro believes that the team still has a long way to go to reach their top state.
“I think mahaba-haba pang journey ‘yung lalakbayin namin. Siguro makapag-practice pa kami ng sama-sama, kasi ‘yung iba samin may students, ‘yung iba nagco-conflict dun sa game nung tournament na ‘to,” said De Guzman.
“’Di ko pa masasabi na totally hundred-percent ‘yung chemistry – na isang kindatan pa lang namin alam na namin ‘yung gagawin – pero unti-unti nage-gain namin ‘yung tiwala ng bawat isa saka yung galawan namin. Nag-iimprove na siya saka nagwo-work kami as one.”