Coach Egay happy that Stags wanna be like Mike (Calisaan)

Coach Egay happy that Stags wanna be like Mike (Calisaan)
LIKE MIKE. Michael Calisaan is the standard for what a San Sebastian player should be - according to head coach Egay Macaraya.

Head coach Egay Macaraya has long stated that San Sebastian College-Recoletos should aspire to be a lot like Michael Calisaan.

Of course, it’s pretty much a tall task to put up their main man’s per game counts of 16.4 points in 42.7 percent shooting on top of 8.7 rebounds.

What Macaraya wants to see from all the other Golden Stags, however, is the non-stop effort Calisaan gives game in and game out. “Ang gusto ko magbago sa team na yung buong team, maging Michael Calisaan. Sa nakikita ko, Michael is just doing his job,” he said.

He then continued, “Harworker siya and he goes hard all the time.”

This, even though there are people who believe he needs to do away with one aspect of his game.

After Baste’s loss to San Beda College two months ago, the latter’s head coach Boyet Fernandez reminded the former’s fourth-year forward that he needs to play “physical lang, wag dirty.”

Then, the Red Lions’ mentor said that Calisaan played with much extra-curricular activity.

Defending his prized ward, Macaraya said that Calisaan is not a “dirty player” and is “just a victim” of questionable calls.

After that time of heightened tension, the two teams turned their attention to different things.

Now they are all set to collide in a do-or-die game for the remaining Finals berth, however, Calisaan, Macaraya, and the San Sebastian will cross paths anew with Fernandez and San Beda.

Again, the Golden Stags’ mentor made it clear that their main man plays the game right. “Para sa akin, that issue is closed already kasi ‘di na naman nag-respond si Boyet,” he said, referring to their exchange of words.

He then continued, “He should also understand kasi player din siya e. he should know about hard work and (being) a fighter.”

Macaraya was talking about how Fernandez was once a scrappy point guard back when he was playing in the PBA – much like how Calisaan is now a scrappy forward in the NCAA. “It’s not about dirty. Sometimes, (things happen) because that’s part of basketball, when Michael was hit ng elbow (during a previous game), anong sinabi ko kay Michael,” he shared.

He then continued, “Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Tanggapin mo yan. Wag kang masira.’”

The Baste head coach then went on to say how his team leader only heeded his advice.

Now, Calisaan and his team are one win away from an unlikely trip to the Finals. “Para sa akin po, maglalaro lang po ako. Kung ano po yung masasabi nila sa akin, tatanggapin ko naman po,” he shared.

He then continued, “Kung mali po sa kanila, wala akong magagawa, pero para sa akin po, ginagawa ko lang yung trabaho ko.”

Indeed, that non-stop effort is what Macaraya wants to see – and is already seeing, actually – from all his boys. “I guess, all my players right now, sinasabi ko nang they have changed their attitude. Everybody is like Michael Calisaan na,” he expressed.

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