Benilde coach says benching of All-Star MVP Jonathan Grey a 'coach's decision'
NCAA All-Star MVP Jonathan Grey was in the arena but did bot suit up for the CSB Blazers. Dante Peralta

JONATHAN Grey was not fielded in College of Saint Benilde's loss to San Beda on Friday in the NCAA Season 91 seniors basketball tournament and the Blazers' coach did little to shed light on the situation.

St. Benilde coach Gabby Velasco declined to say why Grey, one of his top players in the team, didn’t see action in their 63-89 loss to the Red Lions on Friday.

“Coaches’ decision,” said Velasco.

When asked if Grey’s absence was a disciplinary action, Velasco said: “Hindi naman. It was a concerted effort. Everybody’s decision.”

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The absence of Grey, who was recently named MVP of the NCAA All-Star Game just last week, was clearly felt by the Blazers especially on offense during a stretch where the Red Lions made the telling 24-11 run in the third period that broke the game wide open.

This after the Blazers stayed in the thick of battle in the first half, and trailed by only seven, 31-38, at the half.

“Our offense was really bad. We missed a lot of open shots. Like you said, the first half was okay. Nung start nung third quarter, nung nagka-error kami, naka-dalawang sunod na three sila. Nakuha ng San Beda ang momentum and parang nawalan na rin kami ng gana kasi maraming missed shots,” Velasco said.

The CSB coach made no mention of Grey's absence and instead vowed to have his players work on their shots in practice.

Grey was also disqualified from the PBA Rookie Draft for his failure to play in the PBA D-League.

“Sinabi ko sa kanila, that’s what we need to improve on. We need to improve on our shooting,” he said.

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