Bo is back in UP (Town)
MANILA, Philippines – When Dolreich “Bo” Perasol was captain of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, he wasn’t the most talented player on that squad. That honor went to Paul Du.
What Perasol was – well, he was the most tenacious. He did what he was asked to do by his coaches. He played stingy defense that was irritating to opposing teams. He scrapped for those rebounds and threw his body on the floor to recover loose balls. He led the team in floor burns and intangibles, the types that no one keeps stats of. Nevertheless, he was named team captain.
On a non-related note, Perasol wore #16 not because he chose it but because, “It was the only number left. It was a bonus that Alvin Patrimonio wore that number for Purefoods!”
In his return to Diliman 22 years after he graduated, Perasol is back in UP, this time as the Fighting Maroons’ head coach. And he hopes that his work ethic will rub off on this team even if his current form is far from what he was like decades ago. He laughs, “I think for me at my age, it is the will that matters."
During the last Filoil Flying V tournament, his team was ranked 5th in defense and 3rd best among UAAP schools participating in the competition.
“That is where we want to build our mark,” he says. After all, this is where he made his mark.
“My happiness is that it is good to be home,” he says on being back to his old stomping ground. “It is an opportunity for me to help my alma mater. Whatever I can help is giving back."
Building for the future
The Maroons had an up and down pre-season, teasing their potential.
Even in this age where La Salle is expected to romp to the UAAP crown, there is still excitement as most schools have young squads and are building for the future. UP is no exception.
“I am excited to see the fruit of our sacrifices of the past 5 months,” shares the coach who doesn’t look stressed at all. “I am sure it will not be flawless but as long as we improve on the building blocks it will be good. And do not think there is no pressure because the recent history has shown that we are like a musical chairs for coaches.”
In the months since the end of the summer tourneys, Perasol and his coaching staff have worked on improving the Maroons’ skills level.
"We cannot be bigger or more talented than the others. But with the time and opportunities we have we are much improved in all aspects. The goal is to outwork the opposing teams. Or at least try to."
“We do not have the height so we will count a lot on Andrew Harris who has improved a lot. Jerson Prado is back but is still in the recovery period. Probably he will find his stride in the second half of the season. So Andrew will be a key player for us. The others can rebound like Paul Desiderio who is a very good rebounder for his size. Again, it’s all about work and working hard.”
And that has always been Perasol’s trademark. – Rappler.com