Expect a better UST next year, says Vigil and Sheriff
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 15, 2016 12:18 PM
NOWHERE TO GO. Louie Vigil and Jon Sheriff are adamant that UST has all the fuel it needs for a mighty bounce back next year.
Whatever happens in the last assignment of 3-10 University of the East, University of Sto. Tomas’ 3-11 record to end the elimination round will place them at the bottom of the standings in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The record will also remain as the storied school’s worst in the Final Four era.
Asked to reflect on their dismal showing, graduating guard Jon Sheriff answered, “I think we just had a tough time adjusting because our coach was only named a few months before the season. We had a hard time adjusting to the system.”
First-year head coach Boy Sablan was appointed as Growling Tigers’ mentor last May – three months before the start of the season.
Both Sheriff and Louie Vigil were also yet to be committed to the team at the onset of Sablan’s appointment and were thus unable to make the most of the preseason preparation.
Now that Sablan has one season under his belt, however, the Filipino-Canadian believes Espana will be back in top form in no time even though neither he nor Vigil will be there to see it through. “But next year, I think they are going to be a lot better. After all, there’s a longer period for them to get ready,” he expressed.
For his part, Vigil could only agree, even more so with today’s heartbreak all set to motivate next year’s UST. “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na itanim nila sa puso’t isipan nila yung nangyari ngayon para magkaroon ng extra fuel for them next year,” he said.
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