PERPETUAL Help coach Aric del Rosario was fuming over several questionable calls by the referees during the Altas’ win over Mapua, 82-79, in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament Tuesday night at the San Juan Arena.
The veteran mentor was seen shouting at the top of his lungs at the sidelines when an offensive foul was whistled on Scottie Thompson late in the fourth quarter of the tightly-fought match.
But to those who knew him during his younger days, things could have been worse.
“Kung dati ‘yan noong araw pumasok na ako niyan sa court,” Del Rosario said. “Nagdadasal na lang ako na sana bigyan ako ng Diyos ng control sa sarili.”
Tatay Aric as he is fondly called, the Perpetual Help coach said he’s already used to seeing referees make bad calls. But that doesn't mean he won't react furiously.
“Sanay na tayo dun,” said the multi-titled UAAP coach who had his best years with University of Santo Tomas.
Thompson butted in during the post-game interview and disclosed the 75-year old coach remains as strong as a carabao who regularly does his morning jog before practice.
“Hindi ‘yan high blood si coach, natural niya lang ‘yan,” said the fifth-year guard smiling.
“Malakas pa ‘yan si coach, ‘wag kayo mag-alala,” he added. “Nagja-jogging pa ‘yan sa umaga.”