IT came as a shock to those watching at the San Juan Arena and thousand others on national television.
Southwestern University coach Yayoy Alcoseba was caught slapping Cobras point guard Joseph Nalos in the head after failing to make a last-second attempt at a possible game-winning basket in the team’s 72-73 loss to San Beda College in the Final Four of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Wednesday.
The incident happened after Nalos was caught still holding the ball at the buzzer as big man Benoit M-bala passed off to him at the last second for the game-winning shot.
Nalos admitted he wasn’t aware about the game clock winding down.
“Hindi ko alam, hindi ko nakita,” he said.
It was actually a humiliating experience the poor player had to undergo all over again.
The same incident, according to him, happened during a Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) game early this year between the Cobras and the University of the Visayas Green Lancers.
“The same din `yung nangyari dati sa laban namin sa UV,” recalled Nalos to Spin.ph. “Nasaktan talaga ako sa nangyari.”
Nalos admitted having been greatly affected by the situation that he decided to quit the team, only to make a comeback stint later on as he tries to help the Cobras in their PCCL campaign.
But the third-year Financial Management student appeared already used to the antics of Alcoseba, the veteran coach based in the Queen City of the South who’s widely-known for his temperamental manner.
“Ganun talaga `yun,” he said of his coach.
Nalos however, hopes the incident will never happen again as he contemplates on whether to suit up for the Cobras again.
“Last na ito,” he said. “Hindi pa ako sure kung maglalaro sa Friday, pero last na ito.”
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