Coach Black: We have to stop Teng, Mariano
MANILA, Philippines – After all was said and done over the outcome of the UAAP Finals Game 1, University of Sto. Tomas (UST) coach Pido Jarencio said his team will hold nothing back in Game 2 of their best-of-3 title showdown against Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU).
Jarencio, who questioned the officiating of their 83-78 loss in Game 1, said the Growling Tigers are moving on to do-or-die encounter against the Blue Eagles on Thursday.
“Tapos na yon, nasabi ko na nung una pa lang pagkatapos ng game,” Jarencio told ANC’s Hardball on his misgivings in Game 1. “Siguro hindi ko na kailangang bistahin pa, ang sa amin naglo-look forward kami para sa Game 2.”
Immediately after the game, the mercurial coach blasted the referees for alleged “unfair” calls, particularly against UST’s Karim Abdul and Kevin Ferrer.
As a result, Jarencio was reprimanded by the league for his rant.
With Ateneo leading the series 1-0, Jarencio said he expects his boys to give everything in Game 2.
“’Di kami nag-iisip na matatalo kami bukas. Basta kami, mapag-adjust kami... bitawan lang natin sila [ng mga players]. Sila lang ang magdedesisyon n'yan,” said Jarencio.
The coach also apologized to the UST community for his actions.
“Kung may nasabi man akong di maganda ako ay nag-aapologize sa UST community. Ang sa akin lang gusto ko suportahan lang nila kami sa laban namin bukas,” said Jarencio.
Ateneo coach Norman Black, for his part, said they will have to stop some of the Tigers’ key players to win Game 2.
Aside from UST’s Cameroonian center Karim Abdul and point guard Jeric Fortuna, Black said they will have to contain Jeric Teng and Aljon Mariano.
“We have to try to slow down Jeric Teng and Mariano as much as we can without having Karim and Fortuna explode on us. Teng and Mariano played very well and scored a lot of points in the last game,” he said.
Black also said they also need to control the boards and limit their turnovers against the Tigers, who are good at forcing turnovers and securing offensive rebounds.
“We have to rebound the basketball well defensively because they are good offensive rebounding team. That's very important for us,” he said.
“The last game we have 10 turnovers in the first half and were losing in the first half. The second half, we only had 3 turnovers. That really helped our cause a lot so those are the two other things that we really have to do well.”