Former Perpetual Help tactician Aric Del Rosario didn’t imagine his ex-player Nosa Omorogbe becoming a head coach in the near future—lest on serving as his replacement for the Altas’ coaching job.
But Del Rosario, 75, remains pleased seeing Omorogbe, 26, perform his latest task with Perpetual Help during its impressive 73-61 victory over University of the Philippines on Wednesday in the 2016 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
“Hindi ko ine-expect na siya ang magko-coach,” said Del Rosario of the Nigerian who played under him during the first two years of his four-reign with the Altas back in 2012 and 2013.
Del Rosario, who steered Perpetual Help to three straight Final Four trips, believes the Altas have the tools to contend with the league’s heavyweights in the 92nd NCAA seniors cage wars despite losing top playmaker Earl Scottie Thompson to graduation.
“Kapag tuluy-tuloy ‘yung sistema niya, malamang may chance ‘yan,” he said, adding Perpetual Help’s true mettle will be measured further if it goes up against top teams in the annual pre-season basketball tourney.
“Kaya lang subukan natin kung malakas makalaban nila, doon natin makikita strength nila. Kasi ‘yung team na nakalaban, mahina,” noted Del Rosario, referring to the Fighting Maroons side which has yet to full grasp the system being instilled by newly-appointed coach Bo Perasol.
Even Omorogbe, who is expected to share the coaching duties with Perpetual Help owner Antonio Tamayo and Atty. Neil Tobias in a bizarre strategy, acknowledged the fact that the Altas continue to run the system put up by Del Rosario.
“Our system right now is what I have learned from coach Aric. He’s like a father to me. He got me as a player. And now as a coach, I still owe him a lot and that’s something that I can’t deny,” said Omorogbe.
“No one saw it coming. Even coach Aric was shocked when he heard I was the coach. But trust me, it’s just the continuation of coach Aric’s program that I am doing right now. Basically what we do in practice and everything is still his own system,” he added.
Although his appointment raised a few eyebrows, Omorogbe intends to make a good account of himself.
“I played basketball and I believe if I put the effort, I think I can give it a shot and something good might happen,” he said. – By Jerome Lagunzad
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