Odd feeling for Luigi Trillo after first win as stand-in

Published July 7, 2022, 10:06 AM

by Reynald I. Magallon

After getting used to the workload as a deputy, stand-in Meralco coach Luigi Trillo admitted that there were some odd feeling when he called the shots in the Bolts’ 77-73 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Wednesday, July 6.

Meralco assistant coach Luigi Trillo calls the shots in the Bolts 77-73 win over Rain or Shine. (PBA Images)

What he felt was understandable though, especially that it’s been a while since the last time he was the one barking out instructions on the sidelines.

“Siyempre eight years, I haven’t handled a team di ba so naninibago,” said Trillo who last handled a PBA team way back in 2014 when he was still part of the now defunct Alaska franchise.

Eight years later, Trillo found himself calling the shots anew, albeit for a temporary time, as head coach Norman Black went on an indefinite leave to attend his ailing mother in the US and lead assistant Ronnie Magsanoc still with the Gilas 3×3 national team in Singapore for the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup.

“I was telling the coaching staff, coach Norman is so quick with the adjustment and it was new to me. It was all coming in. Siyempre kapag assistant coach you’re assigned with something, coach Norman assigned me for something but now it’s hard because eight years right,” said Trillo who also has one PBA championship tucked on his belt.

“Maganda dyan at least nagtulungan yung coaching staff namin and we found a way to get the W, at least thankful rin kami na we got the win,” he added.

Next in line for the Bolts is the rematch against their Governors’ Cup tormentor Barangay Ginebra, and Trillo is bracing for another tour of duty in case Magsanoc couldn’t make it to the game.

“Coach Ronnie might be back so we’ll see but I’m not sure if he’ll reach the Ginebra game. Coach Ronnie is supposed to be the second designated guy but tulungan lang kami if coach Ronnie can’t make it, he also spoke to me about our plan so it is what it is,” said Trillo.

After all for Trillo, what matters is they get to start picking up those wins to give themselves a chance at securing a playoff seat come Black’s return.

“I’m sure coach Norman wants to be here and we’re just holding the fort but obviously he has more important things, it’s his mom so hopefully we can get a couple of more wins so before he gets back at least we have a shot at entering the playoffs.”