UAAP 82: Coaching change 'no big deal' for UE, says Chongson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2019 04:03 PM
UAAP 82: Coaching change 'no big deal' for UE, says Chongson
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University of the East lost its opener in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

This, just a day after it shifted gears in terms of its head coach - out was Joe Silva and in was Bong Tan as well as Lawrence Chongson as active consultant.

While the Red Warriors put up a fight in the final frame, the fact of the matter is that they still lost by 82-95.

And for that, the new regime is, of course, not happy. "Sino ba magiging masaya sa pagkatalo, 'di ba? But it's the first game of the season and we've been through some turmoil in the past few days," Chongson said.

He then continued, "Not to take anything away from UST, they played a great game and we were really outplayed. But the fact is we had to go through (that) and I only hope it would toughen us up as we go along."

The good news for UE is that the new staff wants nothing more than to be a players' staff. "My players, ine-empower ko sila e - not only sa basketball, but also in life. Nakikinig naman sila a akin kasi 'di lang basketball tinuturo ko, kundi pati sa buhay," the active consultant said.

As it turns out, Chongson has been mentoring the Red Warriors for quite some time now. As he put it, "Four months ko na rin silang kino-coach."

And that is exactly why adjustments weren't necessarily a tough task when former coach Joe Silva handed in his resignation. "When he left, no big deal sa mga players e. it was a non-issue with the players with him leaving."

With that, the active consultant is nothing but confident that the Red Warriors will be better coming from this. “May maipipiga pa yan. Baka namalahibo lang sila kasi debut sa UAAP, ‘di ba,” he said.

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