Nothing can stop Baste from charging back to contention

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 29, 2018 07:54 PM
Nothing can stop Baste from charging back to contention
Allyn Bulanadi and Michael Calisaan are nothing but determined to make sure San Sebastian, with almost half of its team brand new, stays within the top four of the standings

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 11-10 overall, fourth-seed after eliminations, lost in stepladder playoffs to San Beda

YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Allyn Bulanadi, Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Alex Desoyo, Neil Villapando

GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Alvin Baetiong, Ryan Costelo, Jayson David, Renzo Navarro

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM SAN SEBASTIAN?

San Sebastian will look different in NCAA Season 94 with almost half of its roster set to make its debut in the Seniors.

Out are Alvin Baetiong, Ryan Costelo, Jayson David, Alfren Gayosa, Jerwyn Guinto, Justin Mercado, and Renzo Navarro and in are former Baste High School standouts guard Alex Desoyo, forward Neil Villapando, and big man Jesse Sumoda.

At the same time, the Golden Stags will look the same with Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan, and Allyn Bulanadi still spearheading the charge. The only question is, will those three be enough to keep Baste in the top four of the standings – with the rest of their competition having stepped up.

“Sa totoo lang, I just don’t focus sa tatlo. I want everybody to feel the pressure also, na i-accept nila yung challenge and motivation.” – head coach Egay Macaraya

We got some sort of answer to that in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup where San Sebastian-backed Che’lu made it all the way to the Finals.

Moreover, head coach Egay Macaraya, from CaféFrance to Centro Escolar University and from Baste to Che’lu, has proven that he gets the most out of his players.

Now, it’s up to the former Staglets and their three-headed monster at the lead to prove that what happened in Recto was not a player exodus, but just new opportunities opening up for those who have stayed.

“Number one is we accept it as a challenge. Hindi talaga magiging madali sa amin dahil masyadong maraming nawala, but the boys are motivated because of that.” – head coach Egay Macaraya

WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM SAN SEBASTIAN?

This is Michael Calisaan’s last go-round in the NCAA and, of course, he wants to go out with a bang.

However, this year looks like will be the breakout season for Allyn Bulanadi, the fourth-year forward who emerged as a big-time scorer for San Sebastian in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

In the end, more than the players, it would be fun to watch coach Egay work his “Macaraya magic” on a fresh batch of players.

“Ang advantage namin right now is nakikita ko na yung rookies, they want to prove themselves. Nakikita ko rin na yung nangyari na nawala, everybody wants to take their place.” – head coach Egay Macaraya

WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR SAN SEBASTIAN?

San Sebastian has proven to be a tough out, whether or not it’s in contention, and even with almost half of its team brand new, that’s not changing.

These Golden Stags do not have a star, but when all is clicking, the entire team could shine bright.

WHERE WOULD SAN SEBASTIAN BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94?

Despite the major upheaval in its roster, San Sebastian is a contender and the Golden Stags will be fighting for a place in the playoffs. They are not a shoo-in there, but one of the two spots – because San Beda and LPU are locks – is also theirs to lose.

WHEN IS SAN SEBASTIAN’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94?

San Sebastian battles emerging rival LPU on July 7 at the MOA Arena. You already know the story – Pirates mentor Topex Robinson is an alumnus and was a former head coach of the Golden Stags.

As always, all of the #GalingNCAA will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream.

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