WHILE nothing will ever be the same for the University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball team after the Bicol bubble fallout, three-point sniper Sherwin Concepcion vowed to stick with the España-based squad come what may.
After all, he waited years to play for his dream school.
Since the unexpected departure of CJ Cansino and the ensuing investigation into the team's Bicol bubble, the Growling Tigers have already lost five players.
First out was former captain Cansino, who was snapped up by the University of the Philippines under Bo Perasol. He was followed shortly by Brent Paraiso, Rhenz Abando, and Ira Bataller (who have yet to announce their final destination), as well as Jun Asuncion, who’s packing his bags for Mapua.
But the 6-foot-2 Concepcion said that he's sticking with UST alongside the likes of UAAP season 82 MVP Chabi Yo and Dave Ando.
“Stay pa rin ako sa sa UST, naniniwala ako na lahat ng problema at pagsubok kaya masolusyonan,” he told SPIN Life.
In an official statement released by the Office of the Secretary General on Saturday, the university announced that it is rebuilding its men’s basketball team. The day before, former head coach Aldin Ayo filed his resignation from the team.
While he’s unsure of what’s ahead, Concepcion revealed his decision to stay was rooted in his deep sense of loyalty to the team.
“Kaya ako nag-stay sa UST kasi napamahal na rin sa akin ‘to. Isa sa dahilan kaya di ako umalis dahil sa suporta ng UST community. Sobrang blessed ko ‘dun,” he said.
Asked about his adjustments with a new coaching staff, he could only comment, “Siguro di muna natin masasabi ngayon kasi nasanay ako sa sistema ni coach Aldin.”