A HEAD coach of one of the member teams of the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) hopes that Xavier School will not push through with its threat to pull out of the top Filipino-Chinese league.
Stevenson Tiu, head coach of the defending champion Hope Christian School, said he hopes there will be no cancellation of the upcoming season of the Tiong Lian for the sake of the athletes playing in the league.
If Xavier continues with its planned pullout, the league's 2014 season will likely be cancelled as only three teams will be left- Chang Kai Shek, Hope Christian School, and St. Stephen.
They Said It!
“Para sa mga bata, let them play." - Hope Christian head coach Stevenson Tiu
“Para sa mga bata, let them play,” Tiu said on Thursday. “Nasa tamang edad naman ‘yung mga bata.”
Xavier is mulling to pullout in the 43-year-old Fil-Chinese league over several recruitment issues. [For full story, see Xavier mulls pullout from Tiong Lian over pestering recruitment issues]
The school is one of the most decorated teams in the league, having won 10 championships. It has also produced several players in the professional and collegiate ranks in Chris Tiu, TY Tang, Teng brothers Jeric and Jeron, Joseph Yeo, and UAAP Season 76 Rookie of the Year Kyles Lao.
Tiu said he has yet to receive an official word on a Xavier pullout so, as far as he is concerned, the Golden Stallions are still part of the Tiong Lian.
“Hinihintay lang ‘yung official letter nila na mag-leleave sila. So unless wala pa silang ibinibigay, hindi pa official ‘yun. Kasi galing sa alumni nila ‘yung sabi na magpu-pullout sila,” said Tiu, whose team defeated Xavier for the crown earlier this year that ended a 20-year title drought.
Unconfirmed reports say one of the issues being raised by Xavier is the recruitment by other schools of pure Filipino players to play in the Filipino-Chinese league.
Tiu sees nothing wrong with the practice.
“Hindi mo puwedeng sabihin na kasi Pilipino, Chinese school tayo. Bata pa rin sila. Gusto lang nila maglaro,” said Tiu, also the head coach of Jumbo Plastic Linoleum in the PBA D-League.