NOW, Chris Tiu and Borgie Hermida know what it's like calling the shots from the sidelines.
The two young cagers coached against each other Saturday during the Master All-Star Basketball Challenge at The Arena in San Juan, with Team Borgie winning over Team Chris by the skin of its teeth, 89-88.
Although it was a mere exhibition game, both Hermida and Tiu admitted having anxious moments during the match that served as their first coaching job in a big stage.
“As a coach, nakaka-kaba kasi sa akin nagre-rely `yung buong team. Susundin nila `yung mga pinagagawa mo. So mahirap, matindi `yung pressure,” said Hermida, who admitted losing his voice during the course of the game.
RR Garcia and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. made it happen for Team Borgie as they combined down the stretch to pull off the come-from-behind win. Garcia was later named MVP of the game.
Tiu lamented letting the game slip away, adding he felt helpless at the sideline watching his players lose an early lead, and eventually, the game altogether.
“Ganon talaga. We weren’t able to execute down the stretch, pero mas masakit pala pag ikaw `yung coach kasi nakikita mo lang na nangyayari yun. Hindi ka makapasok para may magawa,” said the Rain or Shine rookie guard out of Ateneo.
“Sayang `yung pinaghirapan kasi lumamang na kami. But that’s the way it is. Yun ang nangyari sa game. Unfortunately we were at the losing end.”
Tiu said the game marked the first time he handled a team that boasted of a star-studded lineup such as brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng, Karim Abdul, Kevin Ferrer, Raymond Almazan, Roi Sumang, and Kiefer Ravena.
“Dati mga inter-barangay lang ang kino-coach ko. So ito yung first time ko to coach an official game,” he said.
“It was fun, I think it was a very memorable experience. I’m thankful I was given by Master the opportunity to coach the current stars of Philippine collegiate basketball and the future of Philippine basketball.”
Hermida, the former San Beda star player, also find it a bit hard having to manage the egos of young, promising players in one team.
“Mahirap, kasi all-star lineup. Mahirap mag-coach ng all stars kasi idi-divide mo sa 18 players `yung 40 minutes. Buti na lang nanalo.”
But playing point guard during his glorious stint with the Red Lions made the task of handling the team a little bit easier, according to Hermida, who was part of the school’s three-straight NCAA championship squad from 2006-2008, before ending his varsity career with yet another title in 2010.
“Hindi naman ako nahirapan kasi dati point guard ako,” he said. “At saka yung iba teammates ko naman, yung iba nakalaro ko pa. So madali naman sila kausapin.”
The Red Lions core of Baser Amer, Rome dela Rosa, David Semarad, Kyle Pascual, and Ola Adeogun made up Team Borgie along with Emmanuel Mbe, Kyle Neypes, Mike Tolomia, Carl Cruz, John Pinto, Jan Jamon, Andrei Paras, Henry Asilum, and Tata Marata.
Completing Team Chris were Aljon Mariano, Roider Cabrera, Jericho Cruz, Norbert Torres, Jason Perkins, Arnold Van Opstal, Kib Montalbo, Chris Newsome, Jerie Pingoy, Juami Tiongson, and Mark Cruz.