NCAA: Frankie Lim designs the play, Prince Eze executes it

Philip Matel on Aug 09, 2018 07:28 PM
NCAA: Frankie Lim designs the play, Prince Eze executes it
Thought it was a broken play? Nope, it was exactly how the experienced Lim wanted it to be.

The NCAA on Tour for Season 94 is over, capped off by a great ending at the University of Perpetual Help gym in Las Piñas.

The Altas had just clawed back from a 21-point deficit in the first half, 18-39, and were tied with the San Sebastian Stags at 76 with 3.3 seconds left. 

Coach Frankie Lim had designed a very unusual play, but an effective one.

Jielo Razon was supposed to inbound to scorer Edgar Charcos. But somehow, the ball was passed to the open AJ Coronel, who lobbed it to Prince Eze, who tipped the ball in with 0.5 left. 

Game over. Perpetual wins, 78-76, in front of a very supportive crowd.

Thought it was a broken play? Nope, it was exactly how the experienced Lim wanted it to be. 

"It was designed that way. Inexpect ko kasi i-dedeny nila si Charcos. Sabi ko kay AJ, you have to be available for the pass, which happened. If ever, if you have that shot, itira mo. Taas mo kay Eze. Ganoon lang yan. It made me look good," the former San Beda coach said after the game.

It was not supposed to happen this way as the now 3-2 Altas dug themselves a very deep hole, because the team, Lim says, had been too aggressive to put up a show in front of the adoring fans.

"Feeling ko they froze. Hindi na natin kailangan magkaroon ng ganyan. Do just like what you do in practice. That's all I ask. Do what you do in practice and you'll be all right."

For Eze, who made the game-winner, he never wanted to disappoint the home crowd, who filled the building to the rafters.

"I don't want to lose whatever it takes. Because I know if I tap the ball, I'm still gonna catch it back. So I went inside. I guess, he knows me very, very well. We've been lucky, I mean, a win is a win. And we have to live with that."

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