EAC coach: ‘At least, hindi namin pinahiya yung community’

EAC coach: ‘At least, hindi namin pinahiya yung community’
FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. Francis Munsayac and EAC gave a good scare to league-leading LPU.

This is not a joke.

Emilio Aguinaldo College was the toughest test thus far for league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University.

The Pirates denied the upset bid of the Generals and came away with a 97-93 win on Thursday that raises their record to a still perfect 7-0.

Still, it was far from a sure thing until the final buzzer.

LPU was clinging to a two-point lead with 53 ticks to go and was unable to create more separation as CJ Perez was blocked by Rustan Bugarin.

EAC was not able to convert, however, as Raymund Pascua muffed on his baseline jumper. Juju Bautista then collared the offensive rebound and passed it outside to Francis Munsayac only to see the latter lose his handle on the ball.

Seconds later, Jaycee Marcelino’s easy layup allowed the Pirates to sail away, once and for all.

After the game, head coach Ariel Sison could not hide his disappointment, of course. “Sayang. Yung last possession sana namin… yun ang napakaimportante e,” he expressed.

As it turns out, the Generals’ last shot was supposed to be by the hands of Jerome Garcia – who was waxing hot at just the right time. “Dapat yun, Jerome. Kaya lang, hindi nabigay sa kanya e,” the head coach lamented.

Sison also wished that the offensive rebound from Pascua’s miss would have gone to Garcia. “Sinabi ko rin kay Francis, wide open si Jerome. What he told me is, nadulas (yung bola),” he shared.

He then continued, “Wala na. ‘Di na ako nagsalita. Ganun talaga yun e.”

Nonetheless, the mentor said that he is nothing but proud that his boys left it all on the court. “Ganun talaga e. At least, hindi namin pinahiya yung crowd namin, yung community namin,” he expressed.

He also added, “At least, lumaban kami nang maganda.”

In the end, EAC, which has never made a single Final Four, lost to LPU by only four points.

And for comparison, defending champion San Beda College lost by five points while contenders Jose Rizal University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos lost by 21 and five points, respectively.

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