NCAA: 100 percent Laminou, Cruz all set to ease in EAC's new coach
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 20, 2018 03:39 PM
EAC is nothing but hopeful that veteran coach Oliver Bunyi finally leads them to a long-awaited, much-wanted turnaround
Emilio Aguinaldo College will be bringing in its fourth head coach ever since joining the NCAA in 2009.
Oliver Bunyi has been named as the Generals’ new mentor, replacing Ariel Sison who guided the team in the last three years.
Bunyi won’t have to do much to get familiar with his new squad and surroundings as he was already acting as consultant last season.
Still, he will be given a tall task of leading EAC as they try to live up to the school’s hallmarks of virtue and excellence by advancing to its first Final Four in history – a feat it has only come close to sniffing twice in the last decade.
Even Sison, who had the red and white’s best product in Sidney Onwubere, was only able to register a 17-37 record in his three-year tenure.
Bunyi follows Sison, Andy De Guzman, and Gerry Esplana as the Generals’ fourth head coach in the NCAA.
The good news for the 46-year-old mentor is that he will still have Cameroonian reinforcement Hamadou Laminou manning the paint.
By the next season, Laminou will be two years removed from the ACL injury he suffered and by then, the San Marcelino-based squad is nothing but confident he will finally be back to 100 percent.
Even better, Maui Cruz, the promising guard from their high school program who had an up-and-down rookie season, is out to redeem himself. “Sinisigurado ko po na I will give my 101 percent next season. We wish na maging healthy ang buong team namin para mabigay po namin lahat namin para sa EAC,” he shared.
Cruz only played nine games in his first year as a General due to various reasons, but when he played, he had flashes of brilliance and had per game counts of 5.1 points, 2.1 assists, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steal.
With a new coach comes a new outlook and Cruz said EAC is adamant there is nowhere to go but up. As he put it, “Gusto po namin lahat na umangat, siyempre. Wala na naman kaming pupuntahan kundi paangat.”
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