Mendoza: Tears of joy or whatever, Pido now in survival mode-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
I HAD wanted to have a word with Pido Jarencio before his University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers face the De La Salle Green Archers of Juno Sauler.
But fate had been unkind.
No doubt that on paper, Jarencio is the heavy favorite to win the winner-take-all game of the best-of-three Finals for the 76th season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball crown.
One, Jarencio, the former star himself of UST in the Nineties, is the veteran coach
who won his first UAAP coaching crown as a rookie UST mentor in 2006.
Two, he has the powerful African “import” in Karim Abdul to man the slot and also serves as chief back-up for such hot shot Tigers like Jeric Teng, Aljon Mariano and Kevin Ferrer, among other UST mainstays.
Those are just two of the many huge factors that should go UST’s way today, one of them being that Jarencio had, in uncanny wizardry, wiggled his way out of trouble in eliminating defending five-time champion Ateneo and IN surviving the tedious twice-to-beat advantage that the top-ranked National University had held during that now classic UST-NU clash for the second championship slot won convincingly by the Tigers.
People would, thus, envy where Jarencio is now, despite the sound beating he suffered in Game 2 that leveled the series at 1-1 leading to today’s decider.
Not me, though.
That’s why I have questions begging for answers.
How come Ferrer managed only 6 points in Game 2 after exploding for 20 points in UST’s Game 1 victory?
How come Abdul got himself into foul trouble very early in the game, thereby relinquishing UST’s built-in might at the paint?
How come only one Tiger growled all day—Jeric Teng, whose Game Two 28 points went for naught because his teammates didn’t deliver?
This is Jarencio’s eighth year as UST coach and a win would give him his second crown since 2006. Will it happen?
Or will he suffer the ignominy of losing to a rookie coach—Sauler being still very went behind the ears but, hey, look at him now: In the cusp of history.
If Jarencio should cry again after today’s game, this time, I leave it up to you on
what those tears would be for.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.