Dragons unfazed by underdog tag

February 18, 2019
Diliman College Blue Dragons
Diliman College Dragons: ready for wars.

DESPITE winning the UCBL title only last  December, Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill  remains as one of the  underdogs in the  PBA D-League.

But if you ask Diliman-Gerry's Grill head coach Rensy Bajar,  the  underdog  tag is the least of his worries.

“I don’t mind being the underdog. What’s important to me is how our team will perform during the game regardless of the teams facing us,”  said Bajar on the eve of the team's first game against Centro Escolar University at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Paco Arena in Manila.

“We know we have to work harder and play harder  every game. And I  think this is our strengths. The boys are hungry  to win, and won't  easily give up,” Bajar told People’s Tonight.

Bajar said he hopes  the Quezon City-based Dragons can sustain their championship form as they test their mettle in the 20-team field.

Bajar, also the first assistant coach of Pido Jarencio for NorthPort Batang Pier in the PBA, said the  Dragons are expected to have their hands full in their bracket -- Foundation Group.

“We're  bracketed together with CEU, Chadao-Far Eastern Unversity, Marinerong Pilipino, Metropac Movers-San Beda, SMDC-National University, e Masterpiece-Trinity University of Asia, Valencia City, Bukidnon-San Sebastian,  Wang's and Unuversity of Perpetual Help.

“We do not set our expectations high. We are here to develop our team and  move to another level of competition. This is a good  tournament for  our players to gain experience in playing in the highest level in the amateur ranks so that when we  return to our mother league, we will be ready to defend our crown,” he added.

One of the areas that Bajar is focusing on is team cohesion.

“We have three players coming from other schools, so we are working  on the chemistry of the team.”

Leading the Dragons’  campaign are Robbi Darang and John Mahari, UCBL Mythical Five member and Finals  MVP, respectively, as well as import Kevin Gandjeto of Ben8n.

Bajar, however, claimed   that there are no superstars in their team because they  work as one.

“We don’t have any superstar in our team. Our key players here are all of them. They have a role  to fill each  game. We will not rely on one, two or  three players. We  will rely on each other as a team,” said Bajar.