Sablan's number one lesson for Tigers: 'Maging mabuting tao'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2017 08:38 PM
Sablan's number one lesson for Tigers: 'Maging mabuting tao'
THE GOOD GUY. Coach Boy Sablan is nothing but proud that he has instilled good manners and right conduct in UST.

University of Sto. Tomas finished the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 1-13 record.

By far, it was the worst record in the history of one of the league’s winningest schools.

Still, head coach Boy Sablan was nothing but glad that the Tigers avoided a winless season. “Siyempre, masayang hindi kami na-zero,” he told reporters after he and his boys salvaged an 88-85 victory versus University of the East on Saturday.

And so, even with the worst record in the history of Espana, Sablan reminded everybody to refocus on the big picture. “Part ito ng rebuilding process namin. Yung transition from two coaches (before) na may pinanggalingan na hindi maganda, kailangang mabago yun,” he said.

Before Sablan took over, UST was coming off a coaching controversy.

Therefore, he had to clean up that mess before he could concentrate on the X’s and O’s. “Kailangan, dun mo muna umpisahan e – sa loob ng mga batang ‘to. Hindi naman yung basketball agad kasi kailangan yung pinagdaanan ng mga ‘to, maisaayos muna natin,” he shared.

He then continued, “May mga problema nung nakaraan bago ako dumating e. Yun muna yung inuna ko.”

And so, according to Sablan, his first order of business was to teach good manners and right conduct. “Ang tinuro ko sa kanilang una – maging mabuting tao. Hindi ko tinuruan ‘tong to do bad things inside and outside the court,” he said.

He then continued, “UST kami, may values kaming pinoprotektahan. Walang makikipag-away sa mga ‘to.”

That is exactly why whatever happens, the Tigers’ mentor said he can rest assured that his boys will be all right. “Itong mga batang ‘to, kahit saan ‘to makarating, maaayos na tao ito. Naglaro kami sa maraming probinsya, kahit isang away, wala kami,” he said.

He then continued, “Bakit? E kasi yun yung gusto kong mangyari.”

And so, the wins on the court may have been hard to come by for UST, but their head coach believes they have had many wins off the court. “Sabi ko nga, kahit 1-13 ako, alam ko namang panalo ako sa mga bata,” he expressed.

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