NCAA: Coach Frankie on Perps’ loss San Beda: ‘They have to admit, kinabahan sila’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 07, 2018 05:56 PM
Frankie Lim coached Perpetual into taking dynastic San Beda to the limit
University of Perpetual Help was a good pass and a good shot away from taking down defending champion San Beda University.
Still threatening at 65-67 with 9.8 ticks to go, the Altas sent Red Lion Joe Presbitero to the stripe.
Presbitero muffed on both of his free throws and Perps had a shot at a game-tying, or even game-winning basket, but Edgar Charcos’ pass to Prince Eze was intercepted by Robert Bolick.
Not long after, San Beda’s 67-65 squeaker of a win was cemented.
While, of course, a win would have been better, new Perpetual mentor Frankie Lim still only had good words to say about their effort. “It could’ve been better if we won, but we were there. I felt we had full control of the game,” he told reporters post-game.
He then continued, “’Di sila lumayo and their biggest lead was six points. It went down to our last play and we threw the ball (away). Sh*t happens. Ganun talaga.”
Lim then went on to say that he could not ask for more from his boys – especially as it’s just his first year on the job and he has more first-year players than veterans. “We had a good stop and outlet kami kay Charcos, but Charcos lost the ball. What can I do? Wala ka nang magagawa dun,” he said.
Instead, the multi-titled mentor said he prefers to focus on how the Altas pushed the Red Lions to the limit. As he put it, “I’d rather look at all the positives. Minsan nga, nagugulat ako with the way we executed, the way we took our shots.”
He then continued, “Tsaka yung tapang, kitang-kita ko, matapang ang mga bata ko. I’m proud of them.”
And with how they played, Lim said Perps has done nothing but send a statement – right at dynastic San Beda, no less. “They have to admit, kinabahan sila,” he candidly remarked.
Even though they fell short of getting their first win, Lim said that the ending is only a morale-booster for Perpetual. “Sabi ko sa kanila, you can go out of this place with their heads held up high and nothing to be ashamed of. Ang kalaban namin, defending champion, intact lineup, pero you gave it your all,” he shared.
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