Pasaol, other teammates mulling exit from still coach-less UE
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 22, 2018 07:23 PM
Will Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang still be wearing the red and white next season?
Four months after the resignation of Derrick Pumaren, the University of the East is yet to name its new head coach.
And so, with the next UAAP wars just half a year away, the Red Warriors are still unsure what their team will look like and what system they will be running.
According to a few players who requested anonymity, team management is yet to inform them about what will happen.
Still, they themselves have been holding training sessions so as not to get left behind by their competition.
However, they are also well aware that try as they might, they have a lot of catching up to do to the likes of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, contenders Adamson University and Far Eastern University, upstarts National University and University of the Philippines, and reloading yet still dangerous De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas.
“Wala e. Mapapag-iwanan kami nito,” one player told ABS-CBN Sports. “Mismong kami, naguguluhan na rin. Sobra.”
That’s why according to the same source, there are a few UE players thinking about moving on.
Specifically, he said 49-point man Alvin Pasaol and court general Philip Manalang are considering their next move. “Magkausap yung dalawa palagi at ‘pag ‘di na lalaro si Alvin, ‘di na rin lalaro si Philip,” he said.
If that is indeed the case, for next season, the Red Warriors will have to fill vacancies for their head coach, main man, and point guard.
Asked about it, Pasaol opted to keep mum.
Instead, the scoring dynamo said he remains focused on Marinerong Pilipino and their playoff push in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. “Focus lang po muna talaga ako sa Marinero,” he remarked.
The Recto-based team has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year.
Pumaren registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater.
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