GROWLING Tigers head coach Rodil “Boy” Sablan downplayed rumors that he would be replaced as the team’s chief tactician for the next UAAP basketball wars.
Sablan, whose contract expired last May 31, said two months would not be enough for the Tigers to prepare for Season 80 under a new coach.
“Kung meron man silang plano [na palitan ako], hindi ko alam. At the same time, kinausap na nila ako,” Sablan said.
He said more players and members of the coaching staff would be added but refused to give further details.
Sablan also denied the issue of tongue-lashing on his players in the 11th Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup where he missed most of the games after undergoing a gall bladder operation.
In a Philstar.com article, a source claimed that the Tigers received “tounge lashing and brutal verbal assaults” from Sablan following the team’s overtime loss to the Colegio de San Juan de Letran last May 31.
“Walang nangyaring ganoon. Players lahat nagsalita noon. Tanungin lahat ng players, walang nangyaring tongue-lashing kasi may sakit ako noon,” Sablan said.
The Tigers concluded their Filoil campaign yesterday with 39-point loss against the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates. UST finished the tournament with only one win in eight outings.
The Tigers ended UAAP Season 79 at eighth place with a 3-11 win-loss slate, considered as UST’s worst UAAP season in the Final Four era.