FORMER San Beda coach Britt Reroma sees Arvin Tolentino and his former teammates becoming successful in their college careers after seeing them grow and mature as members of the Red Cubs.
Reroma said he anticipates a bright future for Tolentino and other former Red Cubs Javee Mocon, Rev Diputado, Ranbill Tongco, and Joshua Caracut as they make the transition to college.
Tolentino and Co. were handled by Reroma at San Beda before he stepped down as Red Cubs coach last year.
“I know they will be successful,” said Reroma, when asked by Spin.ph on how he sees his former Red Cubs faring in the next level.
Tolentino is hands down the biggest name to come out of that Red Cubs batch after moving from San Beda to Ateneo in college.
Reroma, who cited personal reasons for giving up his post as coach of San Beda’s junior team, insisted Tolentino’s work ethic and attitude on and off the court will make him a better player in the collegiate ranks.
“Attitude-wise, napakabait. Suwerte ‘yung coach na kumuha sa kanila,” said Reroma, who now serves as coach of the University of San Carlos juniors basketball team.
In his first year coaching USC, Reroma expressed satisfaction in what his new team had accomplished in so little time.
Reroma said USC reached the Final Four of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) for the first time in 11 years before the tournament was shelved by league officials owing to a controversy.
USC also gained a spot in the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) League national finals after finishing second in the Cebu qualifiers. The team got as far as the finals in the nationals.
“I’m satisfied because it is our first time. It’s a good learning experience for us. Hopefully next year, we will be a better team because we gained experience,” said Reroma.
The former San Beda star said he is focused on building USC’s grassroots program in the juniors division as he tears a page off the basketball program that made San Beda the most successful high school program in the country.
“Sa juniors, medyo hindi maganda ang grassroots program. We are on the stage na transition. Ina-apply ko lang ‘yung sa USC ‘yung mga ginawa ko sa San Beda,” he said.