UNIVERSITY of the East and University of Santo Tomas -- two storied teams which are mired at the
bottom in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament in the last two years -- are headed for a restart.
Derrick Pumaren, confirming an online report, yesterday said that he has been relieved on his
duties as the coach of the Red Warriors.
On the Growling Tigers camp, coach Boy Sablan and his entire staff have reportedly already
gone since last Monday.
Ending his four-year stint with UE with a 21-36 win-loss record, Pumaren politely declined to
go into details on the parting of ways.
The Warriors under Pumaren have missed the Final Four every year, but showed a lot of fight
this year behind high-scoring Alvin Pasaol.
UE matched its 3-11 record last year. For the eighth straight season, the Warriors are out of
the Final Four.
Also leaving the post of chief tactician is Sablan, who had two forgettable seasons with UST.
Online reports said that Sablan, along with his deputies, were not asked to report starting
Sablan, who took over from Bong dela Cruz last year, lost 24 games in his two-year stay with
His 1-13 slate this year was the worst by any UST coach, as the Tigers barely avoided a
winless season by nipping the Warriors in the final elimination round game.
With Sablan’s departure, stalwarts Embons Bonleon and Renzo Subido, through social media, are
hinting of a comeback after missing this season’s campaign.
Bonleon and Subido reportedly had a major falling out with Sablan this season.
Sablan’s contract with UST was supposed to run until May next year.