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Terrafirma coach John Cardel happy his team can get back on the floor

With the postponement of their back-to-back original playdates this week, Terrafirma coach John Cardel said one can't avoid worrying over the uncertainty COVID-19 brings in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup, which is just a week old.

"It's something we all have to deal with or face. Maybe it was a stroke of bad luck that some players from TNT were tested positive. And I'm sure they didn't like what happened, too," Cardel told ESPN5.

Terrafirma was originally slated to play Alaska on Wednesday, followed by its collision with Rain or Shine two days after.

The postponement stemmed from the league announcement that four players from TNT either had to undergo the required quarantine, or were scheduled for confirmatory COVID-19 tests.

The Dyip's only match for the 2021 season thus far, was against the Tropang Giga, which ended in Terrafirma's 86-79 loss last Saturday.

Cardel though was happy with the team's swab test results.

"We're happy because all of us were tested negative in our swab tests. But we never stop reminding the players to really take extra caution. And we are all following the protocol of gym-to-house or gym-to-practice only," shared the Terrafirma mentor.

The upside for the team's two postponed matches was the opportunity it gives them as they prepare for their upcoming games against NLEX this Sunday, followed by Magnolia next Friday.

"We just need to be aggressive every quarter. That's what I have been emphasizing to our players," stressed Cardel. "We weren't able to maintain our intensity in one quarter against TNT that's why they led us by 22 points at one point."

This year's top rookie pick Joshua Munzon had an anemic pro debut of just six points and three rebounds, while freshman center James Laput contributed six points and nine rebounds against TNT.

Cardel expects both rookies to get better moving forward as they adjust to the PBA style of play.