Vigil has no quarrel with frustrated UST coach

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 11, 2016 02:54 PM
Vigil has no quarrel with frustrated UST coach
IT'S ALL RIGHT. Team captain Louie Vigil said he understands where head coach Boy Sablan is coming from.

In trying to explain University of Sto. Tomas dismal follow-up to last season’s runner-up finish, coach Boy Sablan had always reminded everybody that he had expected this all along.

In just the first of several interviews that had him lamenting the lack of star power for the Tigers, he expressed, “Nakita na ng mga kalaban na wala talaga akong (star) players. Lahat ito, puro bench at hindi naglaro nang malaki last year.”

He then continued, “Now, they’re playing heavy minutes so what do you expect?”

Comparing the first-year coach’s statements to team statistics, only Louie Vigil is contributing double-digits with 14.9 points per game. No other playing is averaging more than nine points.

Team captain Vigil, however, is adamant that he, of all people, has always been trying his best. Asked to react on their mentor’s comments, he said, “Bench player ba ako last year? Scorer ata ako nun. Pero siyempre, nawala na yung mga kasama namin na key players.”

He then continued, “Kung sasabihan akong bench player, okay lang sa akin. Galing naman talaga ako sa bench.”

While it was all right with him, the graduating guard admitted that, as the team leader, he would not have wanted his young teammates to hear that sort of statement. “Pero paano yung iba kapag nasabihan nang ganun? Mafu-frustrate agad lalo yung mga young players,” he expressed.

He then continued, “They don’t need (those) negative comments.”

Vigil was quick to clarify, however, that he completely understands how and why Sablan said so. “Coach Boy is, alam mo yun, siyempre nadala na lang din ng ‘di magandang resulta. I’m sure na ‘di niya ni-mean yun,” he said.

He then continued, “Dahil lang siguro na-frustrate siya after ng game.”

The 24-year-old also went on to say that off the court, the UST Tigers remain a family. As he put it, “Pero okay kami nila coach. Off the court, parang family pa rin kami.”

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