UST coach on 43-point loss: ‘What do you expect?’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 23, 2016 09:26 PM
NO SURPRISES. Coach Boy Sablan could only wonder how his so-called star-less lineup could keep up with a powerhouse like DLSU.
Last September 14, University of Sto. Tomas suffered their worst loss in over a decade at the hands of De La Salle University, 62-100.
On Saturday, the Growling Tigers were essentially five points worse, getting buried by the Green Archers by 43 points, 99-56.
For coach Boy Sablan, it was no surprise. “Unang-una, uulitin ko ulit, lahat ng mga player ng UST ngayon, puro bench player yan (last year). So what do you expect,” he expressed.
He also added, just for good measure in his frustration, “Wala talagang makuha. Wala talaga.”
Indeed, Louie Vigil was the lone effective Tiger with 18 points. He also shot six-of-17 from the field, however, and turned the ball over five times.
Still, the first-year mentor pointed out to everybody that Vigil, although widely-regarded as their main man, needs much, much more work to be so. “Yung star player ko na sinasabi ng lahat, yung Louie Vigil, nakita niyo naman maglaro last year and this year,” he said.
He then continued, “Pero hindi ko matanggal kahit nag-eerror, kahit nagmimintis kasi walang su-shoot sa amin. Alam din ng mga kalaban yun.”
If that is the case, Sablan called out the rest of his players to finally stand up and step up for UST. As he put it, “Every game, kaya marami akong ginagamit na player, kailangang may mag-step up.”
That is even truer now that the Tigers are yet to give up on a playoff push. Asked about their chances, the Tigers’ mentor said, “Very slim, pero sabi ko nga sa mga players, wag tayong bumigay, laban tayo hanggang dulo. Tignan natin kung yung last three games, may magawa tayong miracle.”
He then continued, “’Di natin alam, baka magkaroon ng magandang miracle para sa atin.”
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