FORMER Alaska coach Luigi Trillo looked very comfortable as he took his place in the television panel working the PBA Governors Cup semifinal game between San Mig and Talk 'N Text on Saturday afternoon.
He should be.
Commentating during games is like coming home for Trillo who, long before he became a PBA coach, remembered doing commentary as well as courtside interviews during college games.
“Nice,” Trillo told Spin.ph after wrapping up his work as part of Sports5's three-man broadcast panel with anchor Magoo Marjon and Ali Peek in Game Two which the Mixers won, 93-85.
“I remember it fondly when I started in 1997 with Silverstar (Sports) sa UAAP. And then, I’ve done it also in the NCAA, PBL, and D-League.
“So when they (Sports5) offered it to me, it’s not a bad thing to immerse yourself a bit. But you know, I’m learning as it is. It’s been awhile since I’ve done it,” Trillo added.
Trillo, who first got his break as an analyst with Silverstar Sports’ coverage of the UAAP in the nineties, candidly admitted that he accepted Sports5’s offer to become an TV analyst during PBA games out of boredom.
“Honestly, I’m getting bored sa house. You want your mind working. Sana mabigyan ng break,” Trillo said.
It has been months since he resigned as Alaska coach, but he admitted that to this day he still gets inquiries on the real reason behind his resignation from common fans.
He still isn't talking.
“I find myself going to the supermarket and sometimes gasoline station,” Trillo said. “I have 20 guys asking what happened. But it is what it is and you just have to move forward and got to be strong.”
Trillo got his first break at broadcasting in 1997 when, after a suffering an injury while playing for the De La Salle Green Archers, he was asked to do analyst work for Silverstar Sports, where his dad, Joaqui, had also worked as a commentator.
“I was playing sa UAAP, and then I had an injury. Since my dad was doing Silverstar, tinanong ako ni (Silverstar Sports executive producer) Mari Garcia if you want to do one game. And I did. Then, I became a courtside reporter first, and then, after that naging analyst. It helped me,” Trillo said.
Trillo went on to to become a regular in the TV panel in other collegiate leagues, the last time with ABS-CBN Sports’ UAAP coverage back in 2010.
Used to being in a two-man panel, Trillo said it was a lot tougher to be in a three-man panel on Saturday with Marjon and Peek.
“With a three-man panel, mas mahirap because there is timing in it. I felt like a rookie again. Goosebumps, medyo kumakapa, but as the game got going, I got my groove,” said Trillo.
Trillo admitted he loves doing commentary duties on television but made it clear that going back to coaching is still what he intends to do in the future.
“A lot of good coaches have done it (broadcasting) but it’s not bad to stay with the game. I love commentary but my passion is coaching,” said Trillo.