GETTING furloughed amid the pandemic could easily deter someone’s spirits.
Not in the case of College of St. Benilde coach TY Tang, who is still looking after the Blazers.
“We are all sticking together and helping each other out during this time. We are still on furlough, but it does not stop us from doing our best to keep the team together and get better,” Tang told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday.
“We are not acting as coaches right now but brothers looking out for our family members,” he added.
CSB laid off the coaches and staff of its varsity teams in July last year due to the financial repercussions brought about by the deadly COVID-19.
The Blazers finished with a 9-9 card, good for fifth, in the last NCAA cage wars.
The Taft-based crew also lost guard Yankie Haruna, forward Edward Dixon, and guard Carlo Young due to graduation.
Fil-Am wingman Justin Gutang, and guards Unique Naboa, Robi Nayve, and Prince Carlos are all expected to return and lead CSB’s charge in the 96th season.
If and when the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allows, the NCAA intends to kick off its new season, set to be hosted by Letran, with only the four mandatory sports of basketball, volleyball, swimming, and track and field under a school-based bubble concept in the second quarter this year.
CSB last advanced to the Final Four in 2002 and is raring to end a 21-year title drought. It won the title in 2000 behind the likes of former pros Sunday Salvacion and Jondan Salvador, and Al Magpayo