IT takes one to know one.
Having been in the same situation in the past, University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol is convinced University of Santo Tomas will need a lot of doing before contending for the title anew.
“It’s so hard, it’s really so hard. Take it from me, it’s really so hard to build a program, and a winning program, at that. So, napakahirap talaga niyan,” Perasol said in the online edition of The Chasedown.
“I don’t know how UST (will do it but) I’m sure UST is going to pick up from where they fell. But it will take time again. I’m just hoping that everything is going to be fine sooner or later,” he added.
The Growling Tigers and former coach Aldin Ayo are facing allegations that they breached the government’s stringent COVID-19 health protocols when they held a training bubble at the hometown of Ayo in Capuy, Sorsogon City from mid-June to August.
Former skipper CJ Cansino and former Tiger Cubs standout Bismarck Lina moved to the Fighting Maroons; high-flying forward Rhenz Abando, guard Brent Paraiso, and big man Ira Bataller to defending NCAA champion Letran; reigning Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy and guard Deo Cuajao to La Salle; and backup guard Jun Asuncion to Mapua University.
Ayo, 42, resigned at the helm of the Tigers last Sept. 4 and was suspended indefinitely by the UAAP in all league events and activities last Sept. 9.
The Commission on Higher Education has issued show cause orders to UST and National University, also under scrutiny after its athletes reportedly held workouts, for violating its advisories that “prohibited mass gatherings such as ceremonies and school activities, until the IATF prohibition is lifted,” last Sept. 7.
The Sports Joint Administrative Order group, made up of the Games and Amusements Board, Department of Health, and Philippine Sports Commission submitted to the Department of Justice and Department of Interior Local Government also last Sept. 7 a report for possible violations of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ local ordinances rules.
Marooned for more than three decades, UP ended a 32-year finals drought in 2018 but lost to Ateneo via a sweep.
The Katipunan-based five reached the Final Four anew in the last UAAP cage wars with a 9-5 card for second but bowed to No. 4 UST in their stepladder semifinals duel.
Perasol, 48, admitted he is sad to see the Tigers tore apart.
“Although alam mong kalaban mo na malakas itong UST, but as one of the people who had been wanting for UAAP or for Philippine basketball as a whole to really improve, alam mo na dapat na nandoon talaga si coach Aldin or si UST,” Perasol said.