FEU hitter Toni Basas shrugs off benching, denies being injured
Toni Basas (second, left) says she accepts FEU coach Shaq de los Santos' decision to keep her on the sidelines during UE's run. Dante Peralta

FAR Eastern University spiker Toni Basas is not complaining as she was held out of the third set when lowly University of the East put up a strong challenge and prevented the Lady Tamaraws from taking a straight-sets win.

The Lady Tamaraws managed to complete the win in four, but it was quite odd the hard-hitting Basas was kept on the bench during the third-set run by the Lady Warriors on Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

[See FEU Lady Tamaraws survive brief scare from lowly UE Lady Warriors to get back on winning track]

Coach Shaq de los Santos declined to comment on Basas’ benching, only hinting Basas is injured.

“No comment muna ako doon,” he said. “Ano muna ‘yun close muna ‘yun tungkol doon.”

Basas, who averages 10 points per match, said she is fine physically, and totally fine with the benching.

“Wala po, hindi ko po alam, ‘yun po ang desisyon ni coach Shaq susundin ko,” Basas told Spin.ph.

“Wala po akong injury, ok po ako.”

“‘Di naman po ako nagulat na ’di ako pinaglaro kasi ginawa namin yun sa training,” she said.




FAR Eastern University flirted with disaster against University of the East but Lady Tams head coach Shaq delos Santos opted not to field in third year hitter Toni Basas.

For a while, FEU was in danger when UE came charging in the third set before the Morayta-based squad finally pulled off a, 25-18, 25-22, 25-27, 25-11, win in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

During the post-game press conference, delos Santos refused to comment on Basas’ benching the entire game.

When the reporters turned off their recorders, the veteran mentor said that Basas, who’s averaging 10 points per game, has an injury.



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