6 03 2007


While I prepared to dine with my friends in CPK Glorietta 3 last January, I was surprised to see Coach Horacio Lim. I innocently asked him if I could drop by and check out his practices. And then the revelation as he told me that he will no longer call the shots for the Cardinals this coming NCAA 2007 season. Coach Lim further explained that since the school would no longer extend his contract means that Mapua will go in another direction (sounds familiar doesn’t it).

Mapua does not need to look far. The Cardinals have the luxury of a large pool of former great players that have made it big. And since my encounter with the former, Leo Isaac emerged as the schools choice to command the bench for the Cardinals this season in June.

Now it’s the 3rd week of Coach Leo’s reign, and for the many change experiences that an average person may experience, only two things can happen, it can either be negative or a positive, but the latter is so far the experience that the Cardinals has been experiencing with Coach Leo. You can actually feel the enthusiasm and passion in the way the players are on the practice floor. The listen to the staff, motivating and pushing each other as they go thru the drills that Caoch Leo has prepared for them for their daily grind. The positive outlook for the Cardinals is very good. Not only is Coach Leo an excellent fit for this team, Mapua has a nice enough profile coach to make potential talents come knocking at their doorstep.


So it is final (so far) for the San Beda Red Lions. Two coaching changes after, Frankie Lim will lead the Red Lions this coming season. It is always great to watch a Red Lion practice – fun but competitive. San Beda also hired the services of Ed Cordero who probably one of the first few big men in the PBA that can play small to teach the Red Lions some shooting skills.

Coach Lim wants to put his trademark toughness into his team. His drills never fail to emphasize the mental aspect of the game. To always maintain focus and stay your ground when intimidated.

This team was built to become a dynasty. Let’s see in the coming months how well they prepare for the grind ahead.


The Adamson Falcons coming off a great run last year, has sought the services of former 3-time PBA MVP, William “Bogs” Adornado, to replace Leo Austria who went with the PBA expansion team, Welcoat.

Do not be deceived by his soft-spoken image to coaching, underneath that façade is undeniably an intense, passionate and highly competitive coach. The players are dedicated and are out to prove themselves to Coach Adornado. We shall wait for the Falcons’ next performance this coming UAAP.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: