LEADERS of major fan groups of Barangay Ginebra bared on Thursday growing calls to boycott the team's games amid mounting frustrations over what they felt was a "chaotic system" as well the apathy of management toward the fans' sentiment.
Momon Sorillano, a popular online personality among Ginebra fans, told Spin.ph that frustrated fan groups are now in the process of encouraging other team diehards to boycott the games if no concrete move is taken to arrest the team's decline in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
“Ang inaano namin, ang usap-usapan ng mga Ginebra fans … boykotin ang laro ng Ginebra, as in huwag panoorin, para makita nila na wala nang sumusuporta sa Ginebra,” said Sorillano, a day after the Kings lost for the fourth time in six games in the conference at the hands of Air21, 95-97.
“Napag-uusapan na namin 'yan ngayon!” he added.
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A regular fixture in the gallery during Ginebra games, Sorillano claimed most fans of the league's most popular team are starting to lose hope and interest in watching the team's games.
“Nakaka-frustrate talaga,” he said.
Another Ginebra fan, Eva Soriano, told Spin.ph her patience is wearing thin because of what she perceived as the apathy of team management towards the fans and their sentiments when it comes to the team's coaching format and the continued stay of import Leon Rodgers.
“Naiinis talaga kami sa nangyayari. Ang haba na nga ng pasensya ko naubos pa nila (management). Walang kalatoy-latoy. Sayang ang hiyaw at suporta namin,” said Soriano.
“Parang nagdadala ng sakit ng loob. Saka parang kami na lang ba ang may never say die (attidue), sila ('yung mga players) wala na? Sa nakikita ko ngayon, ganoon eh!”
The lady fan also decried management’s slow reaction to Rodgers' lackluster play, pointing out that the team's supporters have long been calling for his replacement.
“Maraming may ayaw 'dun. Kahit ako ayaw ko. Dapat noon pa pinalitan 'yun eh. Magaling si Rodgers kaso di siya fit sa system ng Ginebra,” said Sorillano. “Saka ang bola matagal sa kanya, yung locals hindi makadiskarte.”
Soriano added: “Hindi pa ba papalitan yan? Wala kaming mararating dyan. Hindi na to kaya ng pasensya ko."
The two Ginebra fans also questioned the sudden change in the direction of Ginebra’s system, which last conference focused on maximizing the potential of 'Twin Towers' Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
“Nung nakaraang all-Filipino (conference), nag number one ang Ginebra dahil sa Twin Towers nila. Ngayon hindi nayu-utilize yung dalawa, hindi na pinagsasabay. Yung ang strength ng Ginebra eh,” said Sorillano.
What can appease the fans, the two were asked.
“Unang una sa lahat, kailangan nila ng tama na foundation sa coaching staff. Kasi ang gulo-gulo, walang sistema. Tama si (Sonny) Cabatu,” said Soriano, citing statements made by the former Ginebra slotman that constant coaching changes have left the team lacking in continuity and stability.
“Ang lakas-lakas ng lineup, kami ang pinakamalakas kung tutuusin. Pero bakit ganyan? Ano ang nangyayari?
"Yung iba (na fans) tinatamad na, gusto nang mag-boycott … Pero hindi ako boboykot, pero sana hindi dumating 'yung panahon na pati ako umayaw na rin. Hindi pa ko nawawalan ng pag-asa, sana mabalik yung dating Ginebra na nakalihan namin," Soriano added.
Meanwhile, Ginebra fans continue to air their frustration on social networking sites over what they say was the absence of the 'never-say-die' spirit in the present team.