UST coach Sablan: 'It takes at least three years to rebuild'
In his two years calling the shots for the UST Growling Tigers, head coach Boy Sablan has compiled a 3-24 record.
Since UST Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan took the helm in June 2016, he was aware of the monumental task of taking a squad depleted of star players to victories in the UAAP.
Thus far, he has only registered three victories against 24 losses.
With a rag-tag squad of players, the Growling Tigers are facing history as the first team to finish a season undefeated, only to go winless later.
Not given the luck of having star players in his squad, Sablan said that the team is still in a state of rebuild after the departure of star players Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and Ed Daquioag.
“Sabi ng isang kataas-taasang pari sa amin, rebuilding process, it takes three years, at least. Noong nag-assume ako last year, noong June, tapon, kasi wala akong time,” Sablan said after the game.
In his second season with the team, with much more preparation, the UST tactician added that the players are more experienced, in terms of maturity and exposure.
"Sabi nga ng [UST Alumni Association President], si Mr. Henry Tenedero, sabi niya, there is winning in losing. Ang interpretation sa sarili ko panalo ako sa mga players na ito, dahil wala naman sila a few years back."
In the second-to-the-last game of the season, where the Tigers came close against the immaculate Ateneo Blue Eagles, Sablan pointed out the strides of improvement the players have made, with the help of his coaching.
The former Glowing Goldie also said that the team, which will be mostly intact next season, will only get better.
“Ang interpretation sa sarili ko panalo ako sa mga players na ito, dahil wala naman sila a few years back. Yung development nila, maganda, siguro yun ang nagawa kong maganda. Panalo ako sa kanila.”
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