UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio had choice words for National University star Bobby Ray Parks, who on Saturday complained that the Tigers, specifically Kevin Ferrer, played him way too physical in their Final Four match-up in the UAAP men's basketball tournament.
During an appearance at Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate, Jarencio said Parks should have been ready for everything in the do-or-die game, adding the two-time league MVP should already know by now the “Filipino style of basketball,” having been raised in the Philippines.
“Dapat alam mo kung ano laro dito sa Pilipinas,” Jarencio told sportswriters during Tuesday’s forum.
Incidentally, Jarencio’s statements were heard by Parks, who was also present at the forum together with his head coach at NU, Eric Altamirano.
Jarencio’s comment came after Parks expressed frustration at Ferrer's physical defense which he said got "just a little low," adding the Bulldogs came at the receiving end of some dirty tactics.
[For full story, see Parks vents frustration, claims Ferrer defense got too physical]
Although he didn't particularly answer Parks' accusations, Jarencio said the Tigers' merely played the way Filipinos are known for - with a big fighting heart.
“Kasi ako nung araw, softdrinks lang, nakikipagpatayan na ako … ‘Yun ang laro ng mga Pilipino kaya nga tayo kinakatakutan sa Asia. May shooting, speed, at ‘yung puso natin buo," the outspoken UST coach said.
“Matapang ang mga players kaya tayo nag-number one sa Asia hanggang sa dumating na ‘yung impluwensiya ng mga Amerikano, nag-iba ang laro, ilag-ilag nalang tayo, medyo nawala.
“Kita niyo naman ‘yung Gilas. Ang sipag, patayan, ganun ang laro ng mga Pilipino. ‘Yun lang. Opinyon ko ‘yun. Pilay kung pilay,” said Jarencio.
When pressed for comment after the PSA Forum, Parks only said, “See you on Saturday.”
Parks also said he learned basketball in the Philippines and was taught how to play the Filipino way by his father, the late great PBA import Bobby Parks.
Jarencio’s statements are expected to add color to the already interesting Final Four encounter against the top-seed Bulldogs, which goes down to a sudden-death match on Saturday.
UST won its first encounter over NU, 71-62, last Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.