When will UST win? Sablan says, ‘Binibigay yan sa tamang panahon’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 27, 2017 09:29 PM
JUST YOU WAIT. Head coach Boy Sablan is nothing but confident that UST's breakthrough win will come sooner than later.
University of Sto. Tomas was again at the wrong end of the final score on Wednesday, this time 84-94 to Ateneo de Manila University.
With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 0-5 and to their worst start to the season in over two decades.
Still, head coach Boy Sablan continued professing that his wards are on the right track. “Happy ako sa team. Kahit ganun, we are fighting ‘til the end,” he told reporters.
He then continued, “Kung matambakan last year, wala na, out na.”
A season ago, in Sablan’s first go-round at the helm, the Espana-based squad finished at 3-11 – also their worst finish to the season in over two decades.
Now, however, the mentor is loving the fight he is seeing from his boys – and the scares they have been giving their opponents. “Ito, siguro, medyo kinakabahan yung nakalaban namin. Iba na rin kasi yung team namin ngayon,” he expressed.
He then continued, “This year, napakita namin ngayon kung ano kami. Five losses and still, we keep on fighting.”
Sablan then went on to mention how they are the only team in the league to have come this close to Ateneo – something that all of Adamson University, University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, and University of the East cannot say.
He even said, “Lalamang pa nga sana kami kung ‘di nag-turnover si Jeepy. Medyo nanggigil lang sa low post kaya nag-turnover.”
That is exactly why the head coach said he is nothing but confident their breakthrough win will come sooner than later. Asked when they will score their first win, he answered, “Binibigay yan sa tamang panahon. Hindi natin alam kung kailan, pero darating din yan.”
Also, Sablan allayed the fears of the UST faithful about their winless team. Asked if some sort of panic is starting to settle in, he answered, “Hindi. Kasi yung development ng players ko, nandun. Yung improvement na nagawa namin from last year’s team, nandun.”
This is made even truer as half of this year’s team is made up of players who will be wearing the black and gold for the first time. “We have eight veterans and eight rookies and we had six to eight month to prepare. Mahirap chemistry and jelling,” he shared.
He then continued, “Siguro, dun pa kami nagkakaroon ng problema sa team chemistry. Basta sa laro at puso ng players, nasa kanila na.”
In the end, Sablan is nothing but proud of his current crop of Tigers. “This is the team that I built. All those eight players na na-recruit ko, gusto ko silang maglaro,” he expressed.
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