UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio finally broke his silence through his Twitter account, blaming himself for the Tigers’ heartbreaking defeat against De La Salle while at the same time asking the Thomasian community to stop blaming guard Aljon Mariano for the loss.
TWO days after the team’s 71-69 loss in overtime in the UAAP men’s basketball title game, Jarencio said he’s taking full responsibility for the setback that saw the Tigers lose grip of a 15-point lead in the third quarter.
The former UST stalwart also thanked the school community for the support during the entire season.
“To my beloved thomasians nothing to blane (blame) but me it’s all my fault,” wrote Jarencio on his account @pidojarencio1. “Ty for your prayers and support godbless!!!”
Jarencio also issued a call to the Thomasian community to stop issuing the hatred towards Mariano, who was largely criticized for the Game Three loss.
Mariano issued an errant pass to Kevin Ferrer in the dying seconds of the overtime period and UST holding to a slim 69-68 lead. The turnover led to Almond Vosotros hitting a pressure-packed jumper that gave the Archers the lead for good.
Mariano also attempted the Tigers’ last shot in regulation instead of pounding the ball inside to Karim Abdul according to their play or pass off to an open Jeric Teng at the side.
“to my beloved thomasians pls stop cursing aljon, dnt blame him ako na lng pls. win or lose we r one!!,” said Jarencio.