Vigil, Lao, Lee, Subido benching a disciplinary action
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 09, 2016 08:47 PM
NOT TODAY. Coach Boy Sablan opted for an entirely different starting lineup for the first time in the season.
Already out of contention, University of Sto. Tomas did some experimenting in their matchup with Adamson University on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
In place of usual starters and co-captains Louie Vigil and Kent Lao were Joco Macasaet and Zachy Huang.
Later on, usual sparkplugs Marvin Lee and Renzo Subido were also not pulled off the bench.
In fact, for all of the first two quarters, those four rotation players did not see action.
Coach Boy Sablan kept the surprises coming out of the halftime dugout and started the third quarter with Lao, Lee, Subido, and Vigil together with Trupro Afoakwah. Only Lao and Vigil lasted long, however.
In the end, Lao played all 20 minutes in the second half and Vigil was in for 14 and a half minutes. Lee and Subido, however, only saw action for a grand total of 10 minutes, combined.
Asked about the development, Sablan answered after the game which eventually ended in a 61-76 loss, “Meron kasing problema. Binigyan ko lang ng discipline.”
He then continued, “Sila lang gumawa ng problema na yun e so…” He trailed off.
The first-year coach opted to keep mum on the exact reason a disciplinary action was needed to be meted out, but he said that he had informed the four of his decision last Tuesday.
Asked how they took it, Sablan answered, “Wala naman silang magagawa, ako tumatawag nyan. Lahat naman ng coaches, merong disciplinary actions for the sake of the team.”
He then continued, “In the future, sabi ko nga sa kanila, sa ibang team na pupuntahan niyo, baka mas mabigat pa ang gagawing disciplinary action. Ako nga, yun lang ginawa ko.”
The Tigers’ mentor was also vague on whether or not things would be back to normal in their last assignment of the season on Saturday. As he put it, “Let’s see, let’s see. Let’s see kung anong mangyayari sa two-day practice.”
For his part, Soaring Falcons coach Franz Pumaren said he understood his counterpart’s unexpected move to be intended for the future. “Well, probably, I’m just second guessing, he’s looking ahead already. He’s probably checking his future veterans who will be coming back,” he expressed.
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