Baste coach Egay: ‘Kahit sino man, may laban kami’

Baste coach Egay: ‘Kahit sino man, may laban kami’
RESURGENT. San Sebastian is seeking a return to relevance.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos was up by three points against San Beda College inside the last six minutes on opening day Saturday at the MOA Arena.

The Red Lions’ championship experience came through anew, however, as main man Robert Bolick connived with reserves Clint Doliguez and JB Bahio to lead the way to victory.

Asked about their close loss, Golden Stags head coach Egay Macaraya said it was them who let one slip away. “Masyadong excited sila na manalo. In the fourth quarter, iniisip na lang nila ang panalo, pero they’re not doing their job,” he said.

He then continued, “Nawala yung depensa namin which is yung advantage namin.”

Indeed, Baste limited the fully-loaded defending champions to below 20 points in the first three quarters only to give up 26 points in the decisive period.

And just as San Beda leaned on several players to break away, the Golden Stags also had several players break down on defense. “’Di nag-step up yung iba kaya bumigay kami nung fourth quarter,” their mentor lamented.

Still, giving a good fight to the Red Lions was nothing but a good sign for the boys from Recto seeking a return to relevance. As Macaraya put it, “Kahit sino naman, may laban kami.”

To turn the good fight into a good win, however, the mentor said his boys need to do better on the boards. “The problem is, 54 yung rebounds nila and 32 lang yung amin. Paano kami mananalo kung ganoon ang mangyayari,” he mused aloud.

He was quick to add, however, “Hopefully, lesson learned and ma-overcome namin yung disadvantage next time.”

Despite the loss, Macaraya remained upbeat about San Sebastian’s chances. “Yung character ng mga bata, nandoon na. Yung rebounds, yun na lang e, pero with energy and effort, maganda ang pupuntahan namin,” he expressed.

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