San Juan’s Game 3 win just what doctor ordered for hospitalized coach Randy

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 16, 2019 10:25 PM
San Juan win just what doctor ordered for coach Randy
Lead assistant Yong Garcia stepped up in the absence of head coach Randy Alcantara just as unsung hero Jhonard Clarito stepped up in Game 3 for San Juan

San Juan went home for Game 3 of the MPBL Datu Cup National Finals coming off a loss to Davao Occidental.

And so, momentum wasn’t on the side of the Knights in the pivotal matchup, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Once the ball was tipped, it was made apparent that the home team got handicapped even more as head coach Randy Alcantara was not on the sidelines.

Apparently, coach Randy was actually at the venue already before he had to be rushed to the hospital. “Tumaas yung BP niya at nag-black out kaya naka-confine siya sa Cardinal Santos [Medical Center],” lead assistant Yong Garcia, who took over shot-calling duties, shared post-game.

Rather than feeling down, though, the Knights rallied around their mentor and ultimately pulled out a well-earned win to move one step away from the championship.

“Nung naisip naming wala si coach Randy, ginawa namin yung inspirasyon,” Jhonard Clarito, the hero of Game 3, said.

For that, coach Randy is nothing but thankful. “Okay lang naman ako,” he said.

Asked if he became more okay after Game 3, though, he answered, “Oo naman.”

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