After 1-17 season, TY Tang ushers in new era in CSB
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2017 06:55 PM
IT'S A NEW DAY. CSB will be out to build a brand new winning culture.
HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 1-17, 10th place
YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Gerard Castor, Yankie Haruna, Clement Leutcheu
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Matthew Johnson, Unique Naboa
GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Christian Fajarito, Fons Saavedra
After just narrowly avoiding a winless season, things could only get better for College of St. Benilde.
Enter TY Tang – a player who won a championship in college as well as one title in the PBA and positively bleeds green and white.
Taking over a team which only had one win to show for its entire campaign a season ago, the rookie head coach’s first and foremost task is simple to say but difficult to do: change the culture.
Seven months into the job, Tang is happy to report strides from his Blazers, especially in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. “I think, for both the NCAA and UAAP teams we competed with, it’s not an easy win for them. They still had to play their best to win against us,” he said.
He then continued, “Hindi na siya yung kapag kalaban kami, ibibigay na lang sa kanila. We never gave up all the way to the final buzzer and that’s really a positive thing for us.”
Still, CSB again only had one win to show through eight games in the preseason – and that can no longer stand. “For the most part, the change of culture has to be getting wins. If you don’t get wins, there’s no change in whatever you’re trying to build up,” Tang said.
And so, just in his first go-round, the once Rain or Shine Elasto Painter is aiming high. “We will be setting a goal to, at least, give us a chance for the Final Four. That’s the first step for us because everybody wants to get into the playoffs, of course,” he expressed,
To do just that, Tang does not need the next Jonathan Grey, the next Carlo Lastimosa, or the next Sunday Salvacion for the Blazers. “We will be giving equal opportunity for everybody. It’s really up to each and every individual we have on our team,” he said.
“If one person in our team steps up with one percent, that’s already about 18 percent if we have 18 players. That’s what we’re trying to build,” he continued. “We’re gonna be the kind of team na walang isang mag-i-stand out.”
Nonetheless, the new mentor will have holdovers like Yankie Haruna, Clement Leutcheu, and Carlo Young to serve as pillars for what he’s trying to build.
Now, it’s just up to the other new faces to provide a lot more boost. As he put it, “Now, our concerns is really yung lack of maturity namin. We have so many young players and we have to improve yung maturity and decision-making whether it’s offense or defense.”
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