Team captain Lee says Tigers have no issues with coach Sablan
ALL IS WELL. Team captain Marvin Lee came to the defense of head coach Boy Sablan.
University of Sto. Tomas suffered its fifth loss in six games in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament on Sunday.
With the preseason not having gone their way so far, it’s understandable for the Tigers to be feeling some frustration.
Not to the extent that head coach Boy Sablan would give his boys an hour-long tongue-lashing as well as brutal verbal assaults, however.
“Kalokohan yun. ‘Di totoo yun. Mga paratang lang yun,” assistant coach Tylon Darjuan told reporters, vehemently denying an earlier report.
Darjuan, Sablan’s first lieutenant, then went on to say that the UST mentor was in no physical condition to do anything of the sort because he had just undergone gallbladder surgery last May 15.
In fact, right before the alleged incident and during the Tigers’ game against Colegio de San Juan de Letran last May 31, Sablan sat on a monobloc chair separate from his squad on the baseline. Calling the shots then was assistant coach Juben Ledesma.
UST team captain Marvin Lee echoed the same sentiment. As he put it, “Nagulat kami na may nagsabing last huddle namin (sa locker room), nagmumura raw si coach. Pero hindi naman si coach yung nagsasalita e.”
He then continued, “Pinagsalita niga kami isa-isa kaya kami nagtagal ng isang oras.”
According to both Lee and Darjuan, it was the players themselves who voiced out their frustrations inside the locker room. It was only after they were done that the coaches themselves spoke.
Also in this light, Lee also denied the report stating that he had teammates who wanted out. “Nagbakasyon lang sila and babalik naman daw. Nagpaalam naman sila nang maayos,” he said.
The incoming third-year guard was referring to Reggie Basibas, Zachy Huang, and Joco Macasaet who were all absent against San Beda College.
Darjuan furthered that Basibas and Macasaet both asked permission to go home to their provinces for a short vacation while Huang attended a wedding. “Walang nag-express na gustong umalis. Actually, may mga gusto ngang bumalik,” he expressed.
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