Stags know double effort is needed for another golden age in Recto

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 18, 2016 09:22 PM
Stags know double effort is needed for another golden age
PUTTING IN THE WORK. Jerick Fabian, Michael Calisaan, and San Sebastian are doing double the work to get San Sebastian back to the promised land.

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 6-12, seventh place

YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Michael Calisaan, Michael Costelo, Jerick Fabian

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Egay Macaraya, Alfren Gayosa

GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Rodney Santos, Bradwyn Guinto, Jamil Ortuoste

San Sebastian College-Recoletos is now under their third head coach in the same number of years.

Yet again, the Golden Stags are hinging their hopes on a former player in Egay Macaraya who won an NCAA championship as a player for them back in 1985.

Unlike Topex Robinson and Rodney Santos, however, the 50-year-old brings with him to Recto an already proven history of winning. He guided Centro Escolar University into three titles in NAASCU, establishing the Scorpions as the league’s standard.

Despite being used to winning himself, however, Macaraya comes back to a San Sebastian at a time when the school has failed to make it into the playoffs for four years in a row. As such, regaining the culture of winning is his primary priority as of the moment, saying, “Winning muna ang goal. I don’t pressure the boys and wala namang target kung saan kami pupunta.”

He then continued, “Ang bottom line lang, we will always try to win every game. As long as I see the boys play hard, okay lang.”

Indeed, the even-keeled mentor takes over a squad that is yet to prove itself, albeit one that already has a core just waiting to bust out.

Leading that core is Michael Calisaan, a third-year forward who does it all, who, despite heading into the season with an injured jaw, is all ready to get right to the work of rebuilding. Flanking him are his batchmates in Ryan Costelo and Jerick Fabian.

Waiting in the wings and hoping to make good on his promise during the offseason is athletic Alvin Capobres as well as several young talents such as once highly-touted Juniors player Alfren Gayosa.

Knowing full well that the right coach is far from enough from putting a team over the top, however, the Stags are willing to put forth double the time and effort. As Calisaan put it, “Mas pinaghihirapan namin ensayo namin. Ngayon nga, twice a day kami kumpara last year na once a day lang.”

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