The University of Santo Tomas kept firing blanks in their 75-68 loss to the National University and head coach Boy Sablan was left wondering what bad spell got into the Growling Tigers.
The host schools shot a forgettable 26.67 percent from the field, missed 11 free throws and hit nothing from the three-point line the entire game, something Sablan rued at the post-game interview.
“Yung tira namin hindi namin nasho-shoot that’s the main problem,” Sablan pointed out.
“Eleven miss [sa freethrow]. Sabi ko nga kung five dun na-convert namin tapos sa three points pumasok mga dalawa lang o tatlo baka nag-iba yung complexion ng game. Zero of 14 wala. Di ko alam kung anong kinain nila.”
The newly appointed tactician also blasted UST’s poor defense in the first half which led into a 17-point deficit at the half.
The lead would grew to as much as 25 points before a late comeback attempt by the hosts school in the payoff period.
“Tamad nung first half na naman e. May tendency kasi na na ganun na tinatamad, first quarter pa lang nagpabaya na agad e parang ayaw magsipag,” Sablan said.
“Kulang kami ng effort nung first half, kulang.”
Sablan also noted some poor officiating in the fourth quarter specially during the Tigers’ run. The rookie coach felt UST should’ve had more favorable calls during that stretch.
“Nakita naman nyo, judgement call nila yan e. Ewan natin sa kanila, judgement call laging sasabihin sa atin ng tao,” Sablan said.
“Maraming mga tawag na supposedly in favor sana sa UST kaso hindi e, hindi natin nakuha,” he added.