MANILA, Philippines – The University of Perpetual Help has apparently cut ties with multi-titled head coach Frankie Lim amid the ongoing NCAA Season 95 men's basketball tournament, per the school's athletic director Sammy Acaylar.
"Actually, hindi na," he said when asked if Lim is still connected with the school. "Kasi 'yun 'yung decision ng management kaya 'di na siya attached sa team namin. Pero [officially] on leave pa lang siya."
(Actually, he's no longer connected to the school because that's the management's decision, that's why he's no longer attached to our team. But officially he's still on leave.)
Acaylar revealed that the decision came from the school's top brass after the Altas ate up a sorry 46-point beatdown – their fifth loss in 7 games – at the hands of defending three-peat champions San Beda Red Lions last Friday, August 16.
"[The decision came] right after ng game ng San Beda," he said. "Wala naman silang sinasabing reason behind [it]. Ang nasa management lang 'yung nakakaalam ng reason. Basta kami, um-attend lang kami ng meeting at 'yun ang naging decision nila."
(The decision came right after the San Beda game. They're not saying any reason behind it. Only the management knows. For us, we just attended the meeting and that's the decision they came up with.)
For the time being, current Junior Altas head tactician Mike Saguiguit has taken charge of the seniors team on an interim basis while his top assistant Jonas Kintanar will call the shots at the juniors level.
"We're focusing on the practice, lalo na ako kasi ibinigay sa akin 'yung authority to monitor the training, the practice," Acaylar continued. "So doon muna ako nagfo-focus. We don't like na 'yung mga bata natin maapektuhan."
(We're focusing on the practice, especially me since I was given the authority to monitor the training, the practice. So that's where I'll focus first. We don't like the kids to be affected.)
In his first season last year, Lim mentored the eventual Season MVP Prince Eze and led the Altas to the Season 94 Final Four before bowing out to the Red Lions dynasty. – Rappler.com