MANILA, Philippines – Former University of the Philippines (UP) coach Ricky Dandan proved to be a huge help to Ateneo when the Blue Eagles played the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 77 tournament Wednesday.
Dandan left the Maroons abruptly in Season 76, when UP had already lost eight consecutive games on their way to another winless season. He is now an assistant to Bo Perasol with Ateneo, and helped the Blue Eagles notch an 86-75 win over his former team.
"Usually we get a single page of scouting report," Perasol told reporters after the game. "With Coach Ricky, he had it three (pages), back-to-back. He told us he could not get more detailed than that."
Perasol, himself a former UP Maroon, said Dandan was a huge help against UP, as he already knew the tendencies of the players.
He was quick to commend UP as well, however, especially as the Maroons did give Ateneo a scare in the third period.
"My former coach in college, Rey Madrid, also did a very good job in matching us up," said Perasol.
Perasol, however, would not comment on whether or not he saw Madrid and Dandan shake hands after the game.
"Hindi ko na nakita. Nauna na ako eh. Nauna na ako para hindi ko makita," he said.
Madrid, who is now 0-9 as UP's coach, later confirmed that Dandan did not deign to shake hands with him after the game.
"Ewan ko ba," he said. "Baka meron pa siyang sentiments sa akin. 'Di siya nakipag-kamay sa akin. Okay lang naman ako sa kanya."
Asked if Dandan's familiarity with the Maroons could have helped Ateneo, Madrid said: "That's one thing, but not by much siguro."
The Maroons have now lost 24 consecutive games.