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Capacio prepared for high expectations of Patriots

Glenn Capacio is ready for the big expectations that the AirAsia Philippine Patriots have on him as the head coach of the team as they plunge to the third season of the ASEAN Basketball League which starts this weekend.

The Patriots installed Capacio as the new head coach for this year after Louie Alas stepped down to take a break from another coaching job aside from Letran College in the NCAA.

Capacio will be coming in after the Patriots suffered a stinging setback against the Chang Thailand Slammers in the championship last season after the team was the inaugural titlist of the league.

With the eye on a return to the throne, AirAsia Philippine Patriots team owner Mikee Romero had already made a statement that the current team could be the best he has ever formed in the ABL. He is even aiming for a perfect record this season.

“I think he knows my style at maganda tinatakbo ng team. He is the perfect man for the perfect job,” Romero said.

Capacio, not new to Romero’s winning tradition, knows the expectations resting on his shoulders.

“Ayoko rin ng natatalo,” said Capacio. “Alam ko ang expectatons pero kami, naghahanda lang kami para makuha yung pinakamimithi namin na championship na tatrabahuin namin.”

Capacio, who also led Oracle Residences to a Philippine Basketball League crown years back, likes how the ownership have formed the Patriots.

“Alam nila na lahat ng teams nag-prepare kaya naging mas balanced kami ngayon. Siguro hindi lang din kami umaasa sa talent, pati sa magandang samahan,” said Capacio, whose recent head coaching job was with Far Eastern University.

The Patriots hope to open their season with a bang against expansion team Bangkok Cobras on Saturday at the San Juan Gym.

AirAsia Philippines will be reinforced by ABL Best Import Nakiea Miller and Anthony Johnson, who is expected to play in the opener after an injured rib he sustained in one of the practices.

“The team improved a lot especially on our chemistry. Nag-jejell na ang mga locals and imports pero concern ko rin si A.J. (Anthony Johnson) dahil na-injured siya at hindi nakakasama sa practice. Mahirap rin para sa locals na mag-adjust kasi 80 percent of the time nasa loob siya,” Capacio said.

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