Bulanadi says he got an assist for game-winner against San Beda from his late mother

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 23, 2016 07:01 PM
Bulanadi says he got assist for game-winner from late mother
MAMA'S BOY. Allyn Bulanadi buried the biggest shot of his life with a little help of the spiritual kind from his mama.

Less than 10 seconds remained on Tuesday and San Sebastian College-Recoletos was behind by three.

San Beda College could have increased their advantage, but Dan Sara muffed on both of his free throws. The rebound belonged to Allyn Bulanadi who then turned on the jets up until the arc where he rose and launched the shot that carried the hopes of the Golden Stags. 

The ball found nothing but net – and so, the game-winner belonged to Bulanadi, the game won belonged to San Sebastian.

While he knew the gravity of the moment, the 19-year-old stayed humble in saying he did nothing special. “Tsamba lang siguro. Bahala na lang talaga yung tira kasi paubos na yung oras tapos lamang sila,” he expressed.

The ball did not leave his hands during that game-winning sequence, but Bulanadi shared that he was assisted for all of it – not in the statistical sense though. “Ni-dedicate ko lang po talaga yun sa mama ko,” he said.

He then continued, “Para sa kanya po yun. Tinulungan din po niya ako.”

The Golden Stag meant that in the spiritual sense as his “mama” passed away at age 56 more than a month ago. She wasn’t there in person to witness the biggest shot of his life, but he was certain she saw it as he said, “Nanonood po siya siguro doon.”

Bulanadi admitted that his mother’s passing was the cause of his slow start to the season. “Actually, hanggang ngayon, ‘di pa rin ako makapaniwala kasi biglaan. Nanood pa siya rito sa Filoil (last May), masigla pa naman siya nun,” he said.

He then continued, “Tapos biglang tumawag, emergency raw. Kala ko wala lang, yun pala, si mama, pahinga na.”

An admitted mama’s boy, his below average numbers through the first round were just an extension of the grief he was feeling from his personal loss. Now, however, he assured the faithful over at Recto that he is well into full recovery.

And as he hopes, his dagger right through the hearts of Red Lions is just the start. As he put it, “Sana, tuloy-tuloy pa.”


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