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Bong Tan and Lawrence Chongson explain set-up in coaching tasks


For the first time this Season 82, UE Red Warriors Bong Tan faced the press to talk about his team.

The son of Lucio Tan was really proud to see the Red Warriors decimate Adamson Soaring Falcons, 80-74, on Saturday.

“First of all, team effort. The coaches did their part. The players did their part, even the bench players did their part,” said Tan.

UE finally scored their first back-to-back victories in a while, and in their last two victories, it was active consultant Lawrence Chongson who was tasked to address the media.

“Mas guwapo si Lawrence, so siya na lang ang nasa harap,” Tan joked.

For those who didn’t know, Tan and Chongson have known each other since their days in Tanduay, since the former is the owner of the ballclub while the latter used to call the shots in PBA D-League.

“Partnership namin to ni Boss Bong Tan. Alam naman sa media yan, lalo na sa sports. Almost two decades na kami magkasama,” Chongson explained.

“Yung passion namin for basketball, di nagwi-wither. Yung love niya for basketball, yung passion niya, for the UE Red Warriors. Yung involvement namin sa basketball, di naman nawala yan eh.”

Which is why despite their unconventional set-up in the coaching staffs, Chongson thinks that their partnership will benefit the Red Warriors.

“We don’t have to discuss about it. Sa tagal ng panahon, tested na rin through time.”

To add to their unorthodox in the coaching department, Tan also revealed that the team is always open for new ideas and gameplans in their program.

“Just to add that no, if you know, wala naman kaming dictatorship sa team,” said Tan.

“Anyone can be coach.”

Whatever that Tan and Chongson are doing for the team, it sure is working wonders already based on their 3-5 standing — a far cry from their underwhelming one victory last season.