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After another early exit, Chongson urges UE to have management change

by Niel Victor Masoy, October 22, 2019 11:11pm

For the 10th straight year, University of the East (UE) won’t make the Final Four of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Men’s basketball tournament.

And for the Red Warriors active coaching consultant Lawrence Chongson, a change in the Red Warriors management would be key for UE to get out of the doldrums it is currently in.

“Long term, with UE’s history wala naman talagang long term (plan) ang UE eh. They changed coaches just like they change their clothes. They got mga hall of fame coach, mga Pumaren, semana, they got the young guys mga Joe Silva,” he said.

“One thing you can have to give to them is that they never stop trying. Try nila instead of changing coach, change the management din,” added Chongson following his team’s 84-50 loss to Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Sunday at the Ynares Center.

That defeat officially took the Red Warriors (3-9) out of contention for the Semifinals.

“Ako naman I came here, not thinking long term. I’ll be honest with that. Hindi naman talaga ko dapat yung coach diba,” said who took the head-coaching chores when then UE head coach Joe Silva resigned a day before this UAAP season 82 basketball tourney started.

“Hindi naman forced. Let’s face it, you get one-and-dones pulling right away. 10 years na nga hindi nagpa Final Four, Yun din talaga yung gusto naming i-solve.We wanted to be in the final four now!”

With this another early exit, Chongson could not help but rue the Red Warriors’ missed opportunities, especially their two close losses to the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons and another one to the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers last Wednesday, October 16.

“Yung mga Ateneo UST games namin, without a doubt, we're not on their level. Masakit siguro yung dalawang UP losses naming at tyaka ung isang La sale,” utteree Chongson.

‘We would have been 6-6 right and be on the thick of things now if were abe to pull those three close games. So it is what it is, we tried in good faith. I get my hands into the hat, so to speak.”

Chongson was also sorry he couldn’t repeat what he did 10 years ago - stirring UE to the Final Four as the team’s head coach.

“Akala ko maduduplicate ko yung feat ko kasi huling nag Final Four ang UE ako rin eh. But I guess may ibang plano ang tadhana,” he remarked.

“It wasn’t meant to be. So ako naman, all in good faith naman.”

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