COACH Boy Sablan, heavily criticized for the Tigers’ poor performance, hopes the UST community would understand the struggles of a rebuilding team, which he says will take three years.
“Rebuilding process takes three years at least. So nung nag assume ako last year nung June, tapon eh kasi wala akong time,” Sablan continued.
“This year, nag-prepare ako ng January kay ang dami naming ligang sinalihan. Yung maturity, exposure, and experience nakita naman natin. Siguro by next year, iba na ito, kasi alam na nila e,” he added.
That doesn’t mean that he’s losing hope, though, as the Tigers have one last chance to avoid a winless season when they take on the University of the East Red Warriors on Sunday.
The Tigers suffered their 13th loss in as many games, bowing to unbeaten leader Ateneo.
“Siyempre, we want to win that final game. We will prepare for it. Gawin namin yung dapat naming gawin, just like yung preparation na ginagawa namin sa ibang kalaban,” Sablan added.
And in the scenario that they end up losing all 14 games? Sablan won’t be losing sleep over it.
“Di lang ako ang na-zero dito sa UAAP. Yung ibang teams dyan, marami. Zero. Tignan niyo ang history. So hindi ako ang unang zero ditto.”
Still, Sablan believes he’s already a winner having these Tigers in the squad.
“There is winning and losing. Ininterpret ko sa sarili ko, panalo ako sa mga players na ito kasi wala naman itong mga to a few years back,” Sablan said after their 102-83 loss to Ateneo last Saturday.
“Yung development nila, maganda. Siguro yun ang nagawa ko. Panalo ako para sa kanila. Nabigay ko sa kanila,” he added.