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    Tang questions ejection - and St. Benilde effort amid familiar consecutive losses

    Aug 23, 2019
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    ST. Benilde coach TY Tang felt that this ejection with six seconds remaining in the first half of his side's 88-57 defeat to San Beda on Friday was too little too quick.

    Though he admits constantly arguing for a call against the officials, he couldn't help but scratch his head for the two instantanious technical fouls whistled on him late in the second quarter.

    "I think one technical would be sufficient for what I did," he said.

    "I admit that I went to the court, I did complain to the referees, but I feel an ejection is just too much because of one complaint. I think it's too much, that's too quick. I didn't really talk to any of the referees, I just felt that there was really a few non-calls on the other side of the floor, that got me emotional to my actions."

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    The Blazers fell behind early and stared at a 42-25 deficit late in the second frame when he tried to get the attention of the officials and made his point.

    The referees, however, saw his actions in a different light that led to his technicals, first for entering the court and his second, for unsportsmanlike behavior that led to his abrupt ejection from the game.

    "Parang for me, ang dami namang coaches na ang daming iba-ibang ginagawa. Siguro natipuhan lang ako. Gwapo ako eh," he said in jest.

    Tang, however, did not cut his team some slack as he acknowledged that St. Benilde also had a huge hand in this second straight defeat.

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      And to him, it seems like deja vu from the season prior, where a good start eventually turned to a disaster with the Blazers' struggles late in the season.

      "Our concern right now is whatever happened last season is basically happening against us again," he rued.

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      There's still time for St. Benilde, though, and it can rectify its shortcomings late in the first round with its 5-2 card, starting in its game against Letran on Tuesday.

      "There's still time. We have to put that effort in terms of that does not happen again," he said, mindful of the Blazers' recent string of losses against top contenders like Lyceum and San Beda.

      "Right now, we're thinking of the challenges up ahead. All the leaders, all the coaches and motivators out there, they'll always tell you that for you to be able to overcome something, you just have to barge through it. There's no going around it except to go through it. That's the only way. And right now, that's exactly the same things that the coaches have been trying to tell these players and we're just hoping that we can translate those two actions, because there's no other way except for that."

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