JFE Techno gunning for a deep playoff run in the OBL

By Jordan Samar - Published May 15, 2019

JFE Techno has never really been known as a perennial playoff team, but they plan on exceeding expectations this time around for this season’s OBL.

“Last year kasi pang second to the last ata kami eh. Hopefully, this year umabot kami sa Final Four or second round man lang, ok na kami doon,” said Martirez.

With the Japan-based engineering firm entering its third season, coach Mandel Martirez will have the daunting task of towing the team all the way to its first ever playoff berth, and it will start from getting the team together to commit to their practices.

“Madalas nagkaka conflict sa sched because some of our engineers nago-overtime. Nagiging problema ‘yun sa team kasi nakakapagod din training namin and napupuyat sila [dahil sa overtime],” lamented Martirez.

By being one of the youngest teams in the tourney, coach Mandel Martirez bared that he’ll employ a run-and-gun system to make the most out of his current personnel.

Known as being industrious at work, the amiable mentor expressed his confidence that his wards would do the same as well in the hardwood.

“Puro bata mga hawak ko dito. Mga bata kami dito, mabibilis. Although puro trabaho din sila, nakakapagpractice kami mga twice a week. Kulang pa rin kami minsan sa resistensya, pero since madami naman kami, nakaka rotate naman kami ng tao. Masisipag din players namin, shared Martirez.

While expectations are not that high for JFE Techno, they plan on using their underdog status to possibly surprise some teams in the league. And while they’re at it, the team is hopeful to make it to as far as they can.

One of their main goals in the near future is making it to as far as the semis over even to the finals, and Martirez is optimistic that they’ll reach that stage soon.

“Magiging successful kami pag umabot kami sa Final Four. Kapag ibinigay para sa amin ‘yung Finals, masasabi kong talagang napakasuccessful na namin,” said Martirez.