A COACHING search frenzy unfolded in the last three days featuring four schools in two collegiate basketball leagues.
Aldin Ayo has made the jump to La Salle in the UAAP, just weeks after steering Letran to the NCAA championship on his lone season as Knights coach.
The move left the Knights shocked and was the highlight of several coaching moves in the college scene, where Adamson and Perpetual Help also kicked off their own team shakeup.
UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Bong dela Cruz thinks there’s no reason to pick on one player as the Tigers try to move on from their Game 1 loss in the UAAP men’s basketball championship.
Ed Daquioag drew flak for his poor form in UST’s loss to Far Eastern University, 75-64, but Dela Cruz expects his veteran guard to redeem himself in their bid to forge a Finals decider.
“He just needs to learn from that game,” said Dela Cruz. “Ed will bounce back, we know him. I have confidence in him last year, I still have confidence in him now.”
Juno Sauler, who resigned as La Salle head coach of the senior men’s basketball team the other day, is optimistic of the Archers’ chances to bounce back strong in the UAAP next season. Sauler said yesterday he’s excited to watch the team evolve and improve as the players gain in maturity and confidence.
Sauler, 42, said he will always be grateful to team patron Ambassador Danding Cojuangco and the university for their support over the last three years at the Archers helm. “I’m thankful for the opportunity,” he said. Sauler’s history with La Salle goes back to coaching the Zobel juniors to three third-place finishes and the senior women’s team to three UAAP titles. In four years with the Archers, he was assistant to Gee Abanilla for a season and head coach for three campaigns. Sauler took La Salle to the UAAP championship in 2013.
“My advice to the players is to continue to go all out at practice, work hard and improve,” he said. “I assume full responsibility for our failure to make it to the Final Four this season. We fell short by one spot. It’s on me, not the players. I know whoever is chosen as the head coach will be a man of values, discipline and leadership. Right now, my concern is the players. The graduating players Jeron (Teng), Thomas (Torres) and Jason (Perkins) will experience change in their last season but I’m sure they will be guided well by the next coach with the support of management and the school. We’ve seen the development of Prince (Rivero) and I know he’ll be able to do a lot more for the team in the next three years.”
They are not making promises, but expect leaders Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquiaog to do everything to give University of Santo Tomas a new lease on life in the UAAP Finals.
After UST lost to game 1, 64-75, to Far Eastern University on Wednesday, the duo said they would what it takes to help the Growling Tigers bounce back and force game 3.
“We won’t make any promises but we’ll do what we can,” Ferrer said after posting 15 points on a poor 6-of-16 shooting.
MANILA, Philippines – Heading into the UAAP Season 78 Finals, a big chunk of the narrative centered on the notion that Far Eastern University (FEU) was an offensive-minded team, while University of Santo Tomas (UST) was more focused on defense.
Even National University (NU) head coach Eric Altamirano took note of this: after his team lost to the Growling Tigers, "Coach E" was asked to break down the upcoming Finals match-up.
"Alam naman natin na ang FEU is an offensive team, and UST loves to use their length to play defense," said Altamirano at the time, while also noting that the match-up was "dead even."
MANILA, Philippines – When the Far Eastern University (FEU) players were done shaking hands and patting the backs of the beaten University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia raised their hands and called their teammates into a huddle.
The sweat had yet to dry on their faces after a 75-64 win over the Tigers in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 78 Finals, when Tolomia looked as his teammates and made a "settle down" motion.
"Teka lang," the veteran guard said, having to shout over the din of the boisterous FEU crowd, "Nangyari na 'to last year."
MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas (UST) center Karim Abdul agonized over a late turnover while star forward Kevin Ferrer vowed to bounce back after the Growling Tigers bowed to Far Eastern University, 64-75, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 78 Finals last Wednesday.
The Growling Tigers looked as though they were on their way to completing one of their trademark comebacks after erasing all of a 14-point deficit and taking a 62-61 lead midway through the final quarter.
However, they surrendered a 14-0 run as the Tamaraws clamped down defensively, went after rebounds with gusto, and took advantage of the more exhausted Growling Tigers. A turnover by Abdul with 1:46 to go led to a dunk by Prince Orizu, and in their next possession, forward Louie Vigil also committed a turnover that led to a fastbreak lay-up by Mike Tolomia.