EVEN in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL), University of the East coach Boycie Zamar couldn’t hide his disappointment in his players particularly Charles Mammie, who showed up late for their Metro Manila qualifier game on Friday.
Zamar benched his Sierra Leonean center up until the final two minutes of the match with a UE win still not assured against Lyceum on Friday at the Technological Institute of the Philippines gym.
A still fuming Zamar later singled out Mammie after the Red Warriors defeated the Pirates, 77-74, to clinch a spot in the Sweet 16 of the PCCL.
“Everyday, I’m dealing with him,” said Zamar of Mammie.
“Mabuti ng Rufina Patis, huwag lang toyo,” added the riled Warriors coach, using a colloquial term for players who coaches feel are hard to deal with.
Not even chants of ‘Mammie! Mammie!’ from the packed UE support inside the TIP gym during several instances early in the game could sway Zamar into fielding the UE center, who only got a runout in the close endgame.
After the victory, Zamar still couldn’t get over his frustration with a few of his players for not following team rules prior to the game.
“Bumabalik na naman ‘yung ugali na late sa game. This is a character-building team more than anything else. You have to follow the rules,” Zamar said.
The Red Warriors, pre-tournament favorites who failed to reach the Final Four in the UAAP last season, still have a way to go if they want to go deeper in the PCCL.
UE will next face Centro Escolar University on Monday in the first round of the stepladder phase of the Luzon-Metro Manila qualifiers and will have to go through UAAP and NCAA Final Four teams after that.
For now though, Zamar is not even thinking of the national title, putting his focus on discipline and making his team better for the long haul.
“It’s all about discipline, defense, and determination. Pero undisciplined ‘yung team. I have to send a message,” said Zamar.