EAC turning over a new leaf for NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2019 06:13 PM
EAC turning over a new leaf for NCAA 95
EAC is not about to stop hoping and trying to finally break through into the Final Four

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 4-14, 9th

YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: JP Maguliano, Jethro Mendoza

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Dom Dayrit, Marwin Taywan, Oliver Bunyi (coach)

GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Juju Bautista, Maui Cruz, Jerome Garcia, Hamadou Laminou, Ariel Sison (coach)

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM EAC?

The last remnants of the last EAC team to contend are no longer here – meaning Juju Bautista, Jerome Garcia, and Hamadou Laminou have all played their last games in red and white.

The same goes for Ariel Sison, the Generals’ mentor for the last three seasons who has now handed over the reins to Oliver Bunyi, a coaching veteran who has valuable experience from his time as an assistant for the very first Gilas Pilipinas, the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL, and GlobalPort (now NorthPort) in the PBA.

Without a doubt, EAC will be brand new for NCAA Season 95 – and that may very well be a good thing for a team that is yet to break through to the Final Four since joining the league in 2009.

In this new era, coach Oliver will call on a couple of second-year contributors to take the next step and become the faces of San Marcelino.

Of course, that’s easier said than done, but both JP Maguliano and Jethro Mendoza have long flashed glimpses they can be just that.

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

Maguliano memorably introduced himself with a 30-point, 17-rebound in EAC’s upset win against San Sebastian College-Recoletos last season.

Since then, the 6-foot-3 forward has continued being a workhorse and opened even more eyes in the 2019 PBA D-League and then the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.

For his part, Mendoza was a seldom-used guard who nonetheless showed potential to be a scoring machine and in the developmental league and preseason, he top-scored for the Generals more than a few times.

WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR EAC?

EAC has been seeing action in the NCAA for the last decade and has only sniffed the playoffs a couple of times.

If there is a long-suffering team in the first and oldest collegiate league in the country, that is none other than the Generals.

“I’m very positive, but we’re not satisfied. I know that if we work together, there’s a possibility for us to win big games. I just expect my players to always give perfect effort.” – head coach Oliver Bunyi

As they set off into a new era, they remain hopeful for that elusive breakthrough – and we will all be right there celebrating with them if and when they break through, at long last.

WHERE WOULD EAC BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95?

That breakthrough, however, will not be in NCAA Season 95 as EAC is still in the first phase of its rebuild.

“Our best might not be enough against the others’ best this season, but I believe we’ll eventually catch up with them.” – head coach Oliver Bunyi

The hope for the Generals, as of this moment, is to have more players join Maguliano and Mendoza as their building blocks for future contention.

WHEN IS EAC’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95?

EAC plans to gift coach Oliver with his first win in just his first game calling the shots when they go up against College of St. Benilde on July 9 at Filoil Flying V Centre.

As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream.

HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NINE OTHER TEAMS IN NCAA SEASON 95:

Young guns to be wind beneath JRU’s wings for NCAA 95

Kent Salado back in the driver's seat for Arellano in NCAA 95

Mapua Srs. out to reap the rewards of its champion Jrs. team

Health only thing standing in way of Baste's best shot at a title

Will third time be the charm for TY Tang-coached CSB?

Without a prince, Perps hoping it's still an heir to throne

Letran's Walls of Intramuros still stand strong

Will deeper mean better for Perez and Ayaay-less LPU?

 

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