HANS SY is staying patient with the National University men’s basketball team despite another disappointing exit for the Bulldogs in the UAAP Final Four last season.
Months after Season 76 ended in yet another semifinal exit for the Bulldogs, the SM Prime Holdings head expressed confidence that the school will be back stronger than ever this year even with the possibility of losing star player Bobby Ray Parks.
“It’s going. At least for the team, I believe these are the times now,” said Sy in an interview with Spin.ph on Sunday.
The Bulldogs’ sports program has been reinvigorated under the watch of Sy, more so its basketball team which made a complete turnaround from perennial cellar dweller to championship contender.
NU, however, fell short of its first UAAP title in more than six decades last season despite being the top seed heading into the Final Four, the Bulldogs falling to University of Santo Tomas in two straight games.
But Sy said he believes the school’s basketball program is right on track.
“We started everything four years ago lang. This is the fifth year. We believe they are jelling very well,” said Sy
Sy, whose company took control of the school after purchasing a substantial share from the family of the late NU founder Mariano Jhocson, even compared the Bulldogs to the family-owned SM chain of malls, which started as a small shoe store in Quiapo but is now a billion-peso empire.
“That’s how SM also grew. It’s not through forcing issues,” said Sy.
The Bulldogs, however, appear to be headed for a transition with the uncertainty of Parks’ status for next year. The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player is set to leave for the United States after he graduates this March "to seek out opportunities."
But as far as the son of the richest man in the country is concerned, Parks is still a Bulldog.
“If he does (seek out opportunities in the US), I wish him good luck,” Sy said. “But they haven’t formalized it to me so for me, he is still there. But we will see.”
“If not, I will have to find another strategy,” added Sy.