Altas hire Aric del Rosario; Koy Banal joins Arellano
Monday, 28 November 2011
CHANGE is a constant in the basketball world, whether it’s a change in players, strategy or the coaching staff. That kind of change struck both the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and Arellano University.
Legendary tactician Januario “Aric” del Rosario is back on the sidelines after agreeing to a deal to mentor the Altas, a program that has spent a huge bulk of the past half-decade in the cellar of the NCAA. The man credited for orchestrating the University of Santo Tomas’ historic four-peat from 1993-1996 takes over from Jimwell Gican, who led the depleted squad to a 5-13 record in Season 87.
11.11.11 marked the very first practice of the Altas with del Rosario and his son, Lester. According to him, he was supposed to take the coaching helm as early as Season 87 but turned down the offer as he was still serving as NCAA commissioner and wished to fulfill his duties. “Sabi ko na ‘kung sino yung nakaupo ngayon, patapusin niyo na,” referring to his conversation with current NCAA Chairman and UPHSD President Anthony M. Tamayo. “After the NCAA, kung hindi pa nagbabago yung isip na gusto niyo akong kukunin, tsaka nalang tayo mag-usap.”
Fully aware that he has adopted a team lacking of size, he is now in the process of scouting players initially from the upcoming leagues that will be held within Perpetual Help so as to avoid any eligibility problems.
“May potential talaga yung team na ito. Magaling ang point guard, magaling ang wingman, lugi lang talaga sa big man,” commented del Rosario.
The Altas will also be joining a one-day invitational on November 28 in Pampanga, their very first competitive sortie together as coach and team, and a two-week league in Sorsogon City starting December 1 to foster some chemistry and give del Rosario the opportunity to further assess how the Altas respond to his coaching philosophy.
“Siguro ‘pag nakakuha ng malaki, tapos magiging mas disiplinado mga ito at mababago ang mga ugali, then oo, may chance tayo sa NCAA. Ayoko namang babalik ako sa coaching tapos kulelat ako. Hindi ako sanay na ganoon eh,” del Rosario stressed.
Perpetual Help is in the midst of a series of transitions. Del Rosario, who also steered the Pampanga Dragons to the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association’s inaugural championship in 1998, becomes the Las Piñas unit’s third coach in just under a whole calendar year. The Altas began 2011 with Boris Aldeguer calling the shots before stepping down just a week before the start of Season 87, citing perceived injustices that hounded the eligibility of two of his big men, Marlon Gomez and Paul Nuilan. Gican, one of his assistants, succeeded Aldeguer and instilled a sense of discipline to a team that arguably overachieved by evading the proverbial wooden spoon in the team standings.
Meanwhile, the Arellano Chiefs will also have a new boss bench in 2012 after tapping the services of Koy Banal. Banal, whose last season in collegiate hoops culminated with a title that ended San Beda College’s 28-year championship drought in 2006, replaces Leo Isaac, who posted a 12-22 win-loss record in two years as the Chiefs’ boss bench.