MARINERONG Pilipino has questioned University of Santo Tomas' 'abrupt' decision to stop Renzo Subido from playing for the PBA D-League side in the ongoing Aspirants Cup.
Subido, who averaged 10.2 points, nearly two boards and two assists a game as the squad's starting point guard, didn't play in the team's 90-87 loss to Zarks Burger-Lyceum in Game 1 of the semifinals on Tuesday afternoon.
Don't expect him to make a comeback anytime soon.
"Renzo Subido took a leave from the UST team last year and was playing in what may be considered a minor team in the PBA-D League when Marinerong Pinoy took him in, gave him high-caliber training, and made him their starting point guard," said the team in a statement.
"He was one of the sparks for the Marineros' strong showing in the D-League... but with two weeks to go before the end of the season, UST abruptly decided to stop Subido from further playing for Marinero. Is this right? Is it fair?"
UST head coach Aldin Ayo was quick to defend the school's decision, saying they've been telling players to focus on their school first, even before the season began.
With a new system being implemented, alongside the academic commitments of the students, the school - according to Ayo - needs their players' full attention.
"Matagal na sinasabihan si Renzo ng management, even before the D-League conference started. Hindi lang sa kanya, but sa lahat ng player. Kasi ang main problem namin is hindi kami nakukumpleto sa practices," said Ayo.
"We’re in the process of establishing our system and the first step doon is yung complete attendance. Hindi namin magagawa yun kung lagi kaming kulang sa practice," he added.
As a coach, the former UAAP and NCAA champion said that he emphatizes with the situation of Marinero coach Koy Banal, but was quick to add that it was the school management's call.
"I feel for Coach Koy din lalo na’t nasa semifinals sila. I know nga na natalo yata sila, and it’s hard. But my hands are tied because it was really management’s decision," Ayo said.
Still, Marinero can't help but feel slighted considering the UAAP won't start until September and the D-League conference is about to wind down.
The D-League team said it is the Tigers who stand to benefit from the improvements in Subido's game owing to the exposure, Marinero added.
"The UAAP tournament is still many months away. No need to fear Subido will not be ready for it," it said. "If Subido continues to play with the team, UST will be getting back a highly improved, skilled player.
"If anything, Subido will have been sharpened and more seasoned in the game because of Marinero."