UST coach on DLSU’s all-big lineup: ‘Basta tayo, rumerespeto tayo sa kalaban’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 23, 2016 08:04 PM
UST coach on DLSU’s all-big lineup: ‘Basta tayo rumerespeto’
RESPECT BEGETS. Coach Boy Sablan said that, whatever happens, UST will always respect their opponents.

Remember this photo even before the beginning of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament?



It finally came true on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum – albeit minus Prince Rivero and Justine Baltazar.

With De La Salle University well on their way to their 11th win in as many games, coach Aldin Ayo put out a five on the floor made up of Mark Dyke, Ben Mbala, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, and Abu Tratter. Meaning, they had no player standing shorter than six-foot-tree and who was a legitimate pointman.

Enjoying the something different they did, Mbala expressed, “Since I’ve been here in the Philippines, I’ve never seen a lineup with all black guys. That was the premiere (of that lineup).”

One person wasn’t up to give the “premiere” rave reviews, however. “Choice niya yun, gusto niyang gawin yun. Okay lang sa akin yun, year naman nila ngayon e,” opposing coach Boy Sablan said.

Pressed further, the University of Sto. Tomas mentor continued, referring to Ayo and his decision, “May mga gusto siyang gawin na hindi natin alam kung anong reason niya bakit niya ginawa. So, ibigay na lang natin sa kanila yun.”

For his part, Sablan said that if it were up to them, they would have wanted things done differently. “Sa atin, tanggapin natin, ganun lang talaga. Basta tayo, rumerespeto tayo sa kapwa natin,” he said.

He also added, “Sila na ang magkamali, wag na tayo.”

Reporters have been trying to get in touch with Ayo, but he is yet to be reached for comment.

Assistant coach Louie Gonzales defended his coach’s decision, however. As he put it, “Hindi showoff yun. We wanted na makita kung paano sila magre-respond sa ganung sitwasyon.”

Asked if they were experimenting different combinations on the floor, the assistant coach answered, “Wala sa libro namin yung experiment. Gusto namin na matuto pa rin nang matuto kasi hanggang ngayon, we’re a work in progress.”

Moreover, Gonzales said that was all part of Ayo’s longstanding philosophy that “Guston namin, magulo.” “Talagang nasa programa yun. Yung unpredictability na gusto ni coach, dapat palaging nandyan,” he said.


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