TY Tang glad to have a lot of 'basketball IQ' in his coaching staff at Benilde
Benilde coach TY Tang has an all-star cast of assistant coaches that includes PBA champion mentor Siot Tanquingcen, PBA veteran Ali Peek, and Charles Tiu. Dante Peralta

TY Tang's transition from PBA player to College of St. Benilde coach has not been that rough, thanks in large part to an all-star coaching staff. 

Among his deputies are PBA champion tactician Siot Tanquingcen, former Smart Gilas assistant coach Charles Tiu, and former TnT slotman Ali Peek. 

The former Rain or Shine point guard, though, sees no problem in having assistant coaches with a wealth of coaching and playing experience. In fact, the rookie Blazers coach even sees it as an advantage.   

"I just wanted to have a lot of IQ, basketball IQ in my coaching staff," said Tang.

"It doesn't need to be disciplined or having them have characters or attitude, but more of having the intellectual thing of the game, being able to share to these guys over here, because that's gonna be a lot of help in terms of me as a head coach and trying to just disseminate to my coaches, and them being able to help me out," he added.

The ex-La Salle standout pointed out that what’s crucial is for them to always be on the same page on how to develop the young Blazers team.

 "Imagine, instead of just me alone, having like six or seven guys maybe like me or even the others above me in terms of basketball experience, in terms of coaching experience, help me out in this institution, in trying to rebuild the program of St. Benilde," he said.

So far, the rebuilding Blazers have shown progress on Wednesday, when CSB disposed of Mapua, 64-49 in their Filoil Premier Cup opener.  

There's not one player that stood out as Benilde had a balanced attack against the Cardinals, and it's a good sign for the Blazers according to Tang.

But he insists they still have a long way to go. 


"We're just going to try to build up our confidence as we won today and hopefully keep it rolling, get it to another level," said Tang. 

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