Chiefs, Braves not happy with their homecourt advantage
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. Kent Salado and Arellano were looking for much more from their home crowd.
Arellano University was the gracious host in the first-ever NCAA on Tour.
Both the Chiefs and the Braves welcomed San Sebastian College-Recoletos inside their campus and onto their home court in Legarda, Manila on Thursday.
Seniors head coach Jerry Codinera was far from thrilled with how their home court advantage played out, however. “Hindi napuno e. Tapos yung drums din namin, nawala,” he told reporters post-game.
According to the school’s athletic office, the Arellano Gym has a seating capacity of 200. During the game, however, only half was for the school’s students while the other half was allotted for San Sebastian.
“The best group to ask is yung mga fans. Maraming ‘di nakapanood so I don’t think they’re happy,” Codinera shared. “Ang daming humihingi ng tickets sa akin, pero hindi ko alam yung setup e.”
For the Chiefs themselves, Codinera was quick to admit that playing inside the campus only put more pressure on their shoulders. As he put it, “It’s more on sa amin yung pressure. Papasok at papasok din sa isip yun e.”
Indeed, the home team showed its nerves from the get-go as it fell into a 16-point hole after only the first 10 minutes.
Arellano mustered a rally and made it to as close as five inside the last two minutes only to surrender several free throws due to frustration fouls.
And so, the Chiefs lost, 56-65, in front of their faithful.
However, even for a winning home team like the Braves, homecourt advantage wasn’t really an advantage – if they are to be believed.
“Para sa akin, ayoko e. Ako, mas kinabahan sa nangyari ngayon e,” Juniors head coach Tylon Darjuan said. “Siyempre, kapag talo ka, nasa school ka pa.”
Unlike their kuyas, Arellano’s Juniors team registered an 86-80 victory versus the Staglets.
It didn’t come easy, however, and the Braves had to work hard to make sure their fans had something to cheer for. “Buti na lang talaga, nakuha namin yung panalo,” Darjuan expressed.
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