UST using what’s left of this year as preparation for next

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 29, 2017 07:43 PM
UST using what’s left of this year as preparation for next
THE FUTURE. Jeepy Faundo is the lone graduating player for UST.

Just six games into the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament and University of Sto. Tomas was already off to its worst start to the season.

Then, the Tigers stood at 0-6, but remained upbeat that a win will come sooner than later. “Binibigay yan sa tamang panahon. Hindi natin alam kung kailan, pero darating din yan,” head coach Boy Sablan told reporters then.

Fast forward a month later and the boys from Espana suffered six more setbacks. “Binibigay naman namin best namin lagi, pero ganun talaga nangyayari,” team captain Marvin Lee said following the brutal 59-94 beating they took at the hands of De La Salle University on Sunday.

Now, they are 0-12 and are in danger of experiencing a winless season as their last two games come against still undefeated Ateneo de Manila University and now confident University of the East.

And if you count their three-game losing skid to end the last season, they have now lost all of their last 15 games in the UAAP.

For Lee, not having won for that long is nothing but frustrating. As he put it, “Sobra kasi para sa akin, first time mangyari sa akin ‘to.”

The scoring guard was part of always contending Far Eastern University-Diliman in the Juniors and went to the Finals in his first year with UST in the Seniors.

Now, he is the captain of a team that is languishing at the bottom of the standings. “Sobrang (nakaka-pressure) kasi parang ‘di ko nadadala yung kasama ko, ‘di ako nakakatulong,” he said.

Still, Lee is choosing to stay positive, saying that he and the Tigers will just use what has happened and what will still happen as a learning experience. “Siyempre, down kami pero iniisip na lang namin na mag-aral na lang para mag-improve,” he said.

He then continued, “Alam namin na wala na ring chance so rito na kami magpe-prepare for next year.”

After all, UST will be returning an intact roster a year from now as they are only set to lose big man Jeepy Faundo to graduation.

And so, Sablan has said that then, they will be a force to reckon with. “I’m positive that next year, these guys will be one of the best teams in the UAAP. Si Jeepy (Faundo) lang mawawala so this will be an intact lineup next year,” he shared.


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