UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio was quick to shrug off criticism made by Norman Black, saying he doesn't care what the Ateneo coach thinks about his tirade following Game One of the UAAP Finals.
In the course of his rant following UST's 78-83 loss on Saturday, Jarencio had made a comment which Black rued was "mean and racist" since it painted their coaching battle as an issue about race and nationality.
“Kailangan ba mag-e-English ako para paburan ako? Ganoon ba labanan dito? Nasa Pilipinas tayo, dapat tayong mga Pilipino mahalin niyang mga iyan,” said Jarencio - a comment Black said had crossed the line.
“I think he crossed the line on that one. He made it personal,” Black told Spin.ph. “I can understand the frustration after the loss, but don’t make it like it’s a ‘He’s American and I’m Filipino’ thing. I think it’s unprofessional and I think it’s below the belt. I found it mean.”
(For full story of Black's reaction, click here)
When contacted late on Monday for his reaction to Black’s statements, Jarencio declined to discuss the matter and, instead, sent Spin.ph a curt SMS message: “Yun ang gusto ko sabhin e pakialam ko sa kanya!!”
Interestingly, Jarencio and Black had a good history together during their heyday as player and coach, respectively, in the PBA when San Miguel Beer won the Grand Slam in 1989.
Jarencio had already been critical against officiating as early as their second round match-up in the eliminations where UST lost on a contested goaltending call against Tigers center Karim Abdul that allowed Ryan Buenafe to score the game-winning three-point play.
During that encounter, he also criticized the referees for not calling a technical foul on Black when the Ateneo coach went across the court to complain about a non-call late in the match.
The issue is expected to heat up ahead of Game Two on Thursday afternoon at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Eagles will be looking to wrap up a fifth straight championship against the same team that battled back from 0-1 down to beat them in the 2006 Finals.