UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan may be disappointed with how his wards threw the possessions one play after another, but the second year mentor opts to sticks to the positives in the defeat.
The Growling Tigers dropped their second consecutive game in the UAAP Season 80 following an 88-81 defeat at the hands of the Adamson Falcons on Saturday night in a game where they turned the ball over 41 times.
“Yung 41 turnovers talaga, malaking difference ng game. Yun lang. We were not able to do what we have planned. Yung gameplan namin, nag-iba doon sa nilaro ng mga players,” said Sablan.
As absurd as that number may be, Sablan was delighted to see the grit in his boys who didn’t just roll over and die amid the demoralizing errors and multiple Adamson attempts to break the game wide open.
Save for the miscues, it was a pretty good game for the Tigers who outrebounded their foes, 47-32 and shot the ball particularly well, making 26 of their 50 shots, good for 52 percent.
Had they cut their turnovers to at least half, it would have been a different story.
“Positive naman kasi out of 41 isipin mo hindi naman kami natambakan nang ganoon kalaki. Baka nanalo pa nga kami kung sakaling na-limit namin,” he said.
“At the same time, lamang kami sa assists, sa rebounds. Turnovers lang talaga. Yung maturity, wala pa kasi sabi ko nga 8 new faces, 8 veterans itong team,” he added.
Despite dropping to 0-2 for the season, Sablan believes that this team would actually fare better than they did last year.
He might take a lot of heat for stating that, as he did last year, but with ample preparation and some of his recruits coming in, this looks like a whole new UST squad from last season.
“In the coming games, baka mailabas na namin yung tunay na nilalaro namin.. Sabihin na natin, baka magalit na naman yung mga bashers ko, sa totoo lang, maganda yung nilalaro kahit ganoon kumpara last year,” he continued.
“Yung mga rookies nakatulong din talaga. Yung mga ni-recruit ko na rookies, like Jordan Sta. Ana, Steve Akomo yung bago kong import. Although, siguro nga hindi pa talaga solid yung team chemistry namin, “ he added.
Some might not be sharing the same type of optimism that Sablan has, but based on the first two games, there’s definitely some room for hope for the Tigers.
“Sana,maka-adjust kami in the last 12 games, malayo pa naman eh. So, positive ako, kaya ng mga bata ito, makaka-recover yang mga yan kasi nagawa na nila yan. "