SAN Beda coach Boyet Fernandez accused University of Perpetual Help assistant coach Lester del Rosario of not being a good sport after refusing to shake hands at the end of the Red Lions’ 77-75 win over the Altas in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday.
Fernandez could not contain his joy over the Red Lions’ latest triumph that — in a rare show of emotion in an elimination-round match — he celebrated with gusto at midcourt after the defending champions barely survived a late rally by the Altas from a double-digit deficit.
That, apparently, didn’t sit well with Del Rosario, who, Fernandez said, refused to shake his hand after the game.
“He was pissed off,” Fernandez said. “I was going for him to ask for a congratulatory (handshake), but he just walked away.”
Fernandez then came to Altas coach Aric del Rosario, Lester’s father, to shake his hand.
“I do have respect for Perpetual, especially for coach Aric.”
But Del Rosario claimed it was the other way around.
“Hindi siya kumamay sa amin,” Del Rosario said in a chat with Spin.ph after the game. “Hindi ko alam bakit ganun naging reaction niya sa akin kanina. Wala naman akong ginagawa sa kanya.”
“Pag lapit namin, hindi naman siya kumamay sa amin,” added the son of head coach del Rosario. “Eh yung lahat ng assistant niya pati managers nag-kamayan kami. Hindi ko alam bakit hindi siya kumamay.”
Del Rosario even claimed that Fernandez taunted him.
“Ngayon, nandun ako. Bakit niya ako haharapin, sasabihin niya ‘Ano, ano, ano?’ Nagulat lang ako bakit nag-react siya ng ganun,” he added. “Hindi naman kami magkaaway.”
Del Rosario did admit of being disappointed by the result, which prompted an enthusiastic celebration from Fernandez.
“Siguro nag-react siya kasi nanalo siya. nag-react ako kasi talo kami.”
Fernandez said he didn't mean to offend anyone with his celebratory jig.
“You just have to respect the expressions of other people,” the Lions coach said. “We’re not insulting anyone here. We’re just happy that we came out with a win due to the fact that Perpetual is a very strong team.
“You just have to allow me to express my feelings — shouting or anything. Why would you get mad?”