In case you’re wondering why Cholo Villanueva was not able to join the Makati Super Crunch in their game against the Bacoor Strikers, it’s because the amiable bench tactician had already stepped down from his post.
Villanueva confirmed this latest development to FOX Sports Philippines in a telephone interview.
“I already resigned even before the submission of the line up ahead of our game against the Bacoor Strikers,” said Villanueva.
Differences in the team’s direction, according to Villanueva, was the reason for his resignation.
“Our directions are not aligned anymore,” added Villanueva. “So I guess it’s a good time for me to step down.”
On Saturday, the Super Crunch were given a sound beating by the Strikers, 86-63, as Makati played without its key players like Jeckster Apinan, Rudy Lingganay and Cedric Ablaza. Simon Atkins, Jong Baloria and Josh Torralba were not present as well, as the absence of six players were clearly felt by the Super Crunch.
Following their latest setback, the Super Crunch absorbed their fifth loss in 25 matches and remained in the top three of the northern division to stay in a good position for a home court advantage heading to the playoffs.
But after Villanueva’s resignation, things are expected to go a lot different for a team that embraces a no quit philosophy on defense.