A 1-13 season isn’t something to celebrate, but coach Boy Sablan is convinced he has done his job, imparting a different kind of lesson to the UST Tigers.
More than the lone win, it’s the confidence, and values that he has imparted to this young squad that matter, according to the coach.
“Itong mga batang ito, kahit saan to makarating maayos na tao ito, maayos na bata. Hindi makikipaaway, hindi magsisimula ng gulo. Yun yung ugsto kong mangyari. Yun yung values ng UST na naka-instill sa amin,” said Sablan after the Tigers finally snatched one win, at the expense of the UE Red Warriors, to close out a tumultuous UAAP Season 80.
“Yan ang itinuturo ko sa kanila. Maging mabuting tao.”
Sablan believes the skills will follow.
Under fire for most of the season, Sablan still sticks to his argument that it takes time to build a team that will contend.
“Siguro naman you will agree na hindi naman one year e pwede na. Let’s face it. One year is not enough to rebuild a team like this na may pinangalingan. Hindi bale sana kung maayos lahat e,” Sablan said.
“This is rebuilding. Then people expect na ito ang dapat gawin ko. I did my part. I did my best. Nilabas ko tong mga batang to para magkaraoon ng laro,” he added.
“Alam niyo, I’m going to say this, kahit kami 0-13. 1-13, I’m proud of these players. You wanna know why? Yung improvement nila from a year nung last year na one year sa akin. Grabe,” he said.
“Yung skills, naituturo yan. Attitude, di mo matuturo yan,” he added.
Whether he stays for one more run or this turns out to be his final hurrah is still unknown, but Sablan has something to say to his detractors.
“God bless nalang sa inyo,” Sablan said with a smile.