WONDERING why University of Santo Tomas' key players were benched in the first half of the team's 76-61 loss to Adamson on Wednesday?
UST coach Boy Sablan said the benching was a form of disciplinary action on team captain Louie Vigil, Kent Lao, Marvin Lee, and Renzo Subido for a reason the rookie mentor refused to disclose.
"Meron kasing problema. Binigyan ko lang ng discipline. Ano lang, sila lang gumawa ng problema na yun eh," Sablan said after the game.
"And besides, kailangan ko ipakita yung future ng UST, which is nag-deliver naman," added Sablan, whose team was actually down by just five, 37-32, at halftime despite relying on second-string players.
Lee and Subido kept mum on the issue, saying they just have to move on and make it up with Sablan.
"At first we were frustrated," said Subido, who played for less than five minutes. "But it's the coach's decision so we couldn't do anything."
"Tapos na rin naman yun. Hindi naman dapat balikan yun. Move on na lang," said Lee.
Vigil, who is playing in his final year with the Tigers, said he had no hard feelings. The UST skipper blamed the disciplinary action on 'miscommunication' within the team.
"In-expect ko nga na di ako makalaro pero binigyan pa rin kami chance. Siguro miscommunication lang din," said Vigil, who finished with six points and four rebounds.
What matters for him now is he can play in his last collegiate game on Saturday against University of the Philippines.
"Syempre hinihiling namin manalo," he said. "For me laro ako Sabado. Wala ako pakialam kahit tanggal na kami sa Final Four basta laro lang ako para maganda exit ko para sa teammares especially sa UST community."