by Karlitos Brian Decena

University of the Philippines Junior Maroons Head Coach Bunky Bacay and the entire coaching staff of the high school men’s basketball varsity team resigned from their posts Saturday, adding yet another headache to the team, which has been performing poorly in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.

However, UP Integrated School Principal Ronald San Jose said the coaches’ resignations are not yet official, adding that he is treating the incident like they had just taken a leave of absence.

“Until now, coach Bacay (and the coaching staff) has not formally resigned, as if he’s awol (absent without leave),” San Jose said through Facebook. “(It’s as if) he just left the team in the middle of the season.”

San Jose added that prior to Bacay’s departure, he had received complaints about the head coach’s mismanagement of the team. Bacay coached the Junior Maroons for almost a year.

Tinig ng Plaridel tried to reach Bacay for comment, but the head coach did not reply to either text messages or emails.

Former UP Maroons head coach and PBA team manager Allan Gregorio is willing to take charge of the team until the end of the season, said San Jose.

Meanwhile, members of the Junior Maroons were dismayed by Bacay’s exit, Junior Maroons scoring leader Kim Cinco said.

“We were all saddened with what happened,” said Cinco in a Facebook message. “But as what our parents say, we should just accept whatever their decision is.”

The Junior Maroons were at the tailend of the competition in past seasons, suffering three consecutive winless campaigns from 2008 to 2010. So far, the team has also lost all 11 of its games in the tournament.


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