UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Boy Sablan would rather focus on his work with the Growling Tigers than worry about the possibility of Pido Jarencio regaining his post at the helm of their alma mater’s basketball team in the UAAP.
Sablan declined to comment about the stir Jarencio created on social media months ago of his intent to coach UST again. Jarencio’s tweets came at a time when the the Tigers were struggling in their first season under Jarencio's former college teammate.
However, Sablan said he is leaving it up to UST officials to decide on whether to retain or replace him.
“Wala akong comment dun,” said Sablan when pressed by SPIN.ph about Jarencio’s interest in the UST job. “Nasa kanila (UST management) kung ano ang gusto nila. At the end of the day, UST ang mag-dedecide, hindi ako.”
Jarencio led UST to the UAAP crown in 2006. Since then, UST was able to reach the finals thrice, the latest in 2015 under head coach Bong dela Cruz, who was replaced by Sablan.
So far, UST management has been silent about the Tigers coaching position.
Sablan is staying focused on the team’s offseason work as he is determined to prepare the Growling Tigers following a disappointing stint in Season 79 that saw the Tigers win just three matches.
“Basta gusto ko lang maka-recover from last year. Ginagawa ko lang ang trabaho,” said Sablan, who was hired just months before Season 79 began.
As part of his plans to prepare the squad for the UAAP, Sablan was able to get an approval from UST management to field the team in the Got Skills-Milcu preseason tournament and the Republica Cup collegiate tournament in Malolos City.
“Binigay sa akin ‘yung trabaho, ginagawa ko lang. Pinasali ko ‘yung team sa liga, pinayagan ako. Sumulat ang Malolos sa amin, nag-iimbita, pina-approve ko lang kung puwedeng sumali kasi kailangan namin ng laro,” he added.
Sablan also assured he and his coaching staff are working doubly hard to make a competitive team out of a team to be led by Marvin Lee, Renzo Subido, Jeepy Faundo, and Zachary Huang next season.
UST was also able to recruit Steve Akomo out of University of the Visayas.
“Kung ano ‘yung mga kulang sa team, doble, triple ang gagawin naming trabaho,” said Sablan.