Dedication to UP key to another title romp for Maroon Booters

first_imgBut the former national team skipper admits that leading a team as hungry as the Maroon Booters was a breeze given their collective dedication to win.“To be honest, I think it’s been quite easy coaching these boys,” said Gonzales on Thursday after they completed the title romp with a 1-0 victory over UST.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We didn’t have any problems, or any character issues. These boys are really so good and they really deserve it,” he added. “We always tell them that winning is just a bonus. How they performed today, that’s our reward because we’ve given the sacrifices and we’ve been working together very well.”Gonzales believes that his boys fully understood what it meant to represent UP, which made his part all the more easier in this championship drive. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC With the University of the Philippines recording another perfect season this UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament, one must wonder how hard coach Anto Gonzales has been pushing his wards.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Dragic looks to summer, sees bright future in Miami Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments “I think the players are just so devoted, so passionate to play for the school. I think it also comes, for me speaking from experience, I’ve been coaching UP for my nine years and mainly, my main motivation is because UP has done so much for me also. UP has helped me so much and I think these boys also feel the same way. Those who have come before us they feel the same way. UP has done great things for us and this is our way to give back,” he said.That dynamic allowed UP to give a fitting graduation to their seniors led by team captain Ian Clariño and defender Javi Bonoan, while also drawing huge contributions all season long from guys like Kintaro Miyagi and Rookie of the Year Fidel Tacardon.With the mentality set in place, the youthful mentor couldn’t help but look forward to what else this current Maroon Booters group could achieve.“I’m quite excited to see how the other players will take up the leadership responsibilities,” he said. “I think Ian and the rest of the seniors left a lasting legacy of how to lead being selfless, setting a good example, pushing players positively. This season, we had a very positive atmosphere in the training sessions. I’m looking forward to the upcoming seniors to take on the challenge.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img

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