NCAA: Will this season be the one that got away for CSB?
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 29, 2018 06:32 PM
CSB will need the help of other teams if it is to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002
College of St. Benilde had its fate in its own hand as the playoff race heated up in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And then it didn’t.
Falling to also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday, the Blazers were forced to surrender the fourth-spot they were clinging on to.
Now at 8-6, they are the ones chasing down fourth-running 9-5 University of Perpetual Help and third-running 10-4 Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
If the Taft-based team is not to end its 16-year playoff drought this year, they may very well always look back at that upset loss as the cause. “Again, if not this year, then next year or next, next year. Whenever it is in the future, we will go back to this day and try to remind ourselves about what we did,” head coach TY Tang told reporters afterward.
He then continued, “If we don’t make it this year, if it’s not within our destiny, it was our control that we let go of.”
What’s certain for the second-year shot-caller is that his young team is still learning how to handle being a contender. “I think the mindset we have now, it’s an immature mindset. Given the situation that we have (a chance) to make it to the Final Four, I think that was what’s bothering us and distracting our minds,” he said.
That doesn’t mean, however, that CSB will just go down without a fight – even though its last three assignments are up against San Beda University, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Jose Rizal University, and Letran. “Nothing’s over yet. There’s still more games to come and we just need to strive harder,” coach TY said.
He then continued, “At this point, we are not giving up. We are still fighting hard for that (playoff) berth.”
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