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“Palamuti Na Lang Kayo?” UE consultant Chongson calls out supporting casts


UE Red Warriors active consultant Lawrence Chongson straight up told the press that his squad has become quite predictable this season.

It is because the team has relied quite much on the one-two punch of Alex Diakhite and Rey Suerte, who both showed flashes of their brilliance in the league.

However, the former Tanduay coach doesn’t view it as a good thing for the Recto-based squad.

“Basketball is a five-man game. Diakhite and Suerte got their numbers, but then we need help. Yung mga kalaban namin, they got contributions from everybody pero sa amin, we’re becoming very predictable,” said Chongson who just came out on a 65-81 beating against FEU.

Veterans including Philip Manalang, Jed Mendoza, and Nick Abanto have yet to show consistent numbers in their past two games, which was why it prompted Chongson to call his remaining casts as “decorations”.

“Right now, I’m torn between sticking to (Diakhite and Suerte) because wala namang contributions yung iba or gawan ng paraan para makakuha pa ng contributions sa iba. Do we just stick to the two na yung iba, decoy-decoy na lang? Palamuti na lang kayo dyan o dekorasyon na lang kayo? Or do something para maging mas unpredictable naman kami?”

Despite a 0-2 start this season, all is still not lost for coach Bong Tan’s top guy as he remains optimistic that his guys will rise to the occasion.

“Hopefully lahat ng ito, maging leksyon sa mga bata. Dapat seryosohin nila, dapat ma-improve pa namin yung preparasyon namin coming to a game,” he said.