Sablan out as UST mentor; Pido eyed

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan and his coaching staff are reportedly set to leave the team by the end of the month.

His exit from the team came after he handled the Growling Tigers for two seasons.

This year, UST ended its campaign in the 80th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament with a 1-13 win-loss slate.

Last year, the Tigers had a 3-11 slate.

At one point during Sablan’s tenure, the Tigers went 393 days without a UAAP victory.

Coach Pido Jarencio, who mentored the Tigers to three finals appearances, including one title, is reportedly one of the candidates out to replace Sablan.

He has expressed his desire to be back.

Jarencio quit in 2013 to coach the Globalport Batang Pier in the PBA.

Then, Bong dela Cruz replaced him and handled UST to a 5-9 record in Season 77 and into a Finals’ stint in Season 78. 

Meanwhile, in the UAAP Season 80 high school volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre, defending boys’ champion National University and University of Santo Tomas dispute the remaining Finals slot today at 8 a.m.

The Bullpups outlasted second-ranked Tiger Cubs, 25-16, 25-21, 17-25, 26-28, 15-11, last Sunday to force a do-or-die.

Far Eastern University-Diliman reached its first-ever boys’ Finals after beating fourth-ranked University of the East, 22-25, 25-23, 28-30, 25-17, 15-12, last Sunday.

The Tiger Cubs beat the Bullpups, 25-23, 12-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-10, in last Friday’s playoff to clinch the twice-to-beat bonus. 

The much-awaited girls’ best-of-three championship series between NU and UST will be played on Monday at the San Juan arena.

The Bullpups and the Junior Tigresses topped first-time semifinalist Baby Tamaraws and De La Salle-Zobel, respectively, in the Final Four to meet in the title round for the fifth straight year.



Topics: UST , Growling Tigers , Boy Sablan , Pido Jarencio , Bong dela Cruz
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