UST’s prized Cameroonian recruit steered clear of the controversy hounding coach Boy Sablan as the Tigers struggle to break out of a pre-UAAP tournament slump.
The 6’8″ Steve Akomo, a rookie out of the University of the Visayas, admitted Sablan has a “temper sometimes” but is “humble and respectful.”
“He always [gives us] advice. He always talks to us and he says things that we have to [do] as players,” he told the Varsitarian. “He’s fine but he has temper sometimes.”
Former Tiger Mario Bonleon quit the team, claiming some players paid get minutes on the court. Some of his erstwhile teammates disputed the allegation.
“I’m a rookie here. So, I don’t exactly know what’s going on. I heard a lot of things. I heard about a player complain because maybe we lost some players who won’t be part of the team anymore,” Akomo said.
The Tigers are struggling in the Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup with a 1-5 win-loss card.
Akomo attributed the Tigers’ horrible start to their “selfish” basketball, which he said was not the case in another pre-season tournament where they were “sharing the ball.”
UST reached the finals of the Republica Cup, but lost to the University of the Philippines.
“We have a problem with team work because we don’t trust each other. We are so selfish and everyone wants to show off,” Akomo said.