Oct. 14, 2013
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
Coach Pido Jarencio has not spoken about his feelings since last Saturday.
But when he made his feelings known on Twitter, I was shaken and taken aback by what he said.
(Coach Pido in a more serious mood, photo sourced from PBA online).
Coach Pido wanted everyone to know that one of his key players Aljon Mariano should not be blamed for their 69-71 overtime loss to the La Salle Green Archers in Game 3 of the 76th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball finals last Sunday.
No. Coach Pido, the coach known for his hilarious one-liners during interviews is serious this time.
Unfortunately, I have no way of getting to talk to him except through text and through twitter.
This is because he has taken a vacation in his home province in Capiz.
It is on Twitter that he finally broke his self-imposed silence since their painful setback.
“To my beloved thomasians pls stop cursing aljon,dnt blame him ako na lng pls. win or lose we r one!!, wrote Jarencio in one of his messages at @pidojarencio1.
“To my beloved thomasians nothing to blame but me its all my fault. Ty for your prayers and support godbless!!!,” said Jarencio in his other message.
Mariano was blamed by fans who heavily criticized him for his miscues during the finals, including a last-second shot which he missed in regulation.
This also included a turnover which paved the way for a winning basket by La Salle guard Almond Vosotros in the extension period.
Mariano, who was one of UST’s main men last season, sank two key charities with less than a minute left in regulation.
“Decision ko iyung shot na iyun” said Mariano as he made his way out of the dugout after the game. He briefly talked about on his final shot in the regulation period, a basket which many said should have been done by Jeric Teng.
Coach Pido isn’t making us laught this time around.
He wants us to take his messge seriously.