Coach Koy says UST has barred Renzo Subido from playing for Marinerong Pilipino

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 18, 2018 05:21 PM
Coach Koy says UST barred Subido from playing for Marinero
Marinerong Pilipino is in search of a new starting point guard as Renzo Subido will no longer play in the PBA D-League

With Gab Banal, Alvin Pasaol, and Abu Tratter flanking Mike Ayonayon, Billy Ray Robles, and Renzo Subido, Marinerong Pilipino was widely-considered to be one of the favorites in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

Running right through a buzzsaw called Zark’s-Lyceum of the Philippines University in Game 1 of the semifinals, however, the Skippers are one loss away from elimination.

The favorites just had no answer for Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee in the series opener – and that was mainly because they were missing longtime starter Subido.

They will continue to miss Subido who will no longer be able to finish the rest of the season. “Subido gained high-level training in Marinero and when he was not playing last year, Marinero adopted him, took care of him, and nurtured him. Suddenly, UST management has decided not to let him play (for Marinero),” head coach Koy Banal shared.

Subido opted not to play for University of Sto. Tomas a year ago. Instead, he showcased his skills in the D-League where he was a key cog for an upstart Skippers crew.

With new head coach Aldin Ayo in Espana, Subido announced earlier in the year his intent to once again play for the Growling Tigers.

Still, the pint-sized point guard continued to be under the guidance of Banal in the ongoing PBA D-League, averaging 10.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for one of the favorites. “Subido has been Marinero’s starter all throughout. He is Marinero’s point guard,” the mentor shared.

He then continued, “But Marinero is the one sufferance for the decision UST made. It is just two weeks to go before the end of the conference (while) the UAAP is months away.”

Apparently, Subido has been told by UST to focus on the Growling Tigers.

That is why, with the Skippers playing for their lives, they will be in need of an answer at point guard.

In Banal’s view, not only does the development hurt his team, but the PBA D-League as a whole. As he put it, “Finally, the fans of the PBA D-League will be robbed of witnessing the classic match-up between Zark’s-LPU’s quick guards and Subido. It’s sad that the league and its fans would have to suffer because of UST management’s unfair decision.”

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