THE partnership between Elvis Tolentino and Yves Sazon is a perfect example of a good coach-player relationship.
Wherever Tolentino goes, Sazon follows like a diligent student who obeys his teacher.
They’ve been together with the Philippine Christian University Dolphins and when Tolentino joined the Navotas Clutch last season, Sason was brought in to become the team’s top gunner.
Tolentino left Navotas and just as expected, Sazon followed suit and rejoined his old coach with new squad Marikina Shoemasters, who posted an 88-81 win over the General Santos City Warriors at the start of the MPBL Datu Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Kay coach talaga ako gusto maglaro,” Sazon told sportswriters. “Palaging sinasabi ni Coach na yung mentality namin winner’s attitude. Yung last season ko, natuto na ako sa mga mali ko. I tried to improve yung mga dapat kong gawin sa offense and defense.”
Sazon’s statline was impressive. He finished with a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds while hitting six three-point shots.
Tolentino wasn’t surprised with his old ward’s performance.
“He knows what I want. Actually, siya ang ginagamit kong example parati sa mga bago. Kaya ang sabi ko sa kanya, tira lang, kung malas ka, ako na bahala,” Tolentino said.
Tolentino and Sazon are comfortable with each other, a partnership that was built on trust and confidence.
“Compatible talaga ako kay Coach Elvis. Wala akong masyadong adjustment kahit andito sa Marikina kami,” said Sason. “Bago pakisama lang sa teammates, pero sa system, no problem.”