Coach Boyet says Lions canít run and gun with Pirates

Coach Boyet says Lions canít run and gun with Pirates
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Head coach Boyet Fernandez said San Beda can't go into a shootout with fully-loaded LPU.

San Beda College remains the favorite to go back-to-back in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

However, after a statement win on Friday, Lyceum of the Philippines University is slowly but surely creeping up behind them.

“We already know Lyceum is a really good team,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said after his Red Lions were defeated, 91-96, by the Pirates.

The mentor pointed to their leaky defense as the cause of their downfall. As he put it, “Giving up 96 points is not our defense. If we want to beat LPU, we can’t play them offense on offense, we have to make stops.”

He then continued, “They really scored at will. I take the blame. We’ll go back and prepare for our next game.”

Indeed, LPU became the first team in the season to score at least 20 points in all four quarters of the game.

Surrendering those many points, without a doubt, is not a recipe for success.

That is even truer when only Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez scored more than 12 points for the defending champions.

San Beda struggled to keep pace with the Pirates as AC Soberano only had 12 points, Javee Mocon only had 10 points, and Davon Potts only had four points.

In the end, however, Fernandez said he and his boys will only take the loss as a lesson learned. “We know that they’re looking at us, but as I’ve said, there are very strong teams ahead of us right now. We just won the Filoil (Preseason), that’s why everybody thinks we’re strong,” he said.

He then continued, “We lost this one, but I think it’s good also because we learned our lesson. We’ll be back.”

The defending champions will be out to get back on track when they take on fellow 1-1 team College of St. Benilde on Tuesday.

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