Ex-UST coach Bong dela Cruz has a message for the Tigers

If former UST head coach Bong dela Cruz could have it his way, he would rather not talk about his controversial exit from the Tigers’ lair anymore.

Shortly after leading the España crew to the Season 78 finals—a feat not many believed they were capable of pulling off— dela Cruz got the boot as he was left out in the cold.

He, however, seems to have moved on as he shares: “Right now ayaw ko na mag comment about it kasi wala na.”

“Ayaw ko na kasi mag comment. Ayaw ko na lumaki ang issue. Right now, moved on na ang lahat,” he added.

Former UST cager Boy Sablan has since taken over dela Cruz’s post as UST announced the replacement back in May.

The Tigers are now with a 2-3 record in Season 79 with still tough assignments ahead at the tail-end of the first round, a face-off with last year’s tormentor FEU and a revamped Adamson crew.

Asked about his thoughts on his former team’s chances this year, he says: “Competitive ‘yung team.”

“Alam ko kasi dun, ang naiwan sila Louie Vigil, Kent Lao, Jamil Sheriff and ‘yung ibang rookies last year like Marvin Lee. Pagkakaalam ko medyo solid pa ‘yung team nila,” he added.

UST recently suffered a huge blow when it lost the services of guard Embons Bonleon due to an aggravated wrist injury.

Though he is now far from the UAAP spotlight, dela Cruz still has his hands full with his commitments as head coach for La Consolacion College’s men’s basketball team while playing a support role for the Bureau of Customs’ team who is participating in the UNTV league.

On possibly watching the Tigers in the UAAP live, he shares: “Right now medyo busy kasi may mga practices kami but if ever na may chance na makapanood, definitely manonood ako. Right now hindi pa ako nakakanood eh.”

“I still wish the team well. Very competitive pa din ‘yung lineup nila. (I’m) wishing na sana maging maganda ang kalalabasan ng season nila. Good luck and God bless sa mga bata. Galingan niyo,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio