NCAA 95: Mac Guadana: ''Di ako papayag na walang mararating ang LPU'
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2019 04:07 PM
Mac Guadana only has one thing on his mind in his fifth and final season for LPU Jrs. - getting to the Final Four
Mac Guadana has spent the last five years reppin' the maroon and grey.
Now on his fifth and final year, the graduating guard wants nothing more than to lead Lyceum of the Philippines University to a maiden playoff appearance.
"Sobrang importante 'tong season na 'to. Five years na ako rito, 'di pa ako nakapasok sa Final Four so para sa akin mismo, sobrang importante 'to kasi 'di ako papayag na ga-graduate akong walang mararating ang LPU," he said.
Early on, the Jr. Pirates looked like they were on track to treasure island - with three wins in a row to start the season.
But then, they ran into a rough patch and dropped back-to-back games. "Medyo naging problem sa amin yung ang laki ng (panalo) namin sa Mapua so siguro, medyo nag-relax kami, masyadong tumaas kumpyansa namin," Guadana shared, referring to their 101-66 triumph over defending champion Mapua High School a month ago.
And so, with his crew sinking quite a bit, the veteran playmaker took it upon himself to lead LPU back into the light. "Tinignan namin yung standings tapos nasa panglima na naman kami. Kaya sabi ko talaga sa kanila, wag na tayong pumunta sa sitwasyon na laglagan," he said.
Last season, Guadana and company registered their best-ever finish in school history at fifth-place.
Still, that was far from enough to put them inside the playoffs for the very first time.
Now, however, they remain nothing but upbeat about their chances - with the former Batang Gilas member at the helm.
In their bounce back win at the expense of University of Perpetual Help on Thursday in Las Pinas, he fired 33 points, nine coming in the final frame, on top of six rebounds and five assists. He did all of that in just 28 minutes of play - all while also taking care of the ball, with just two turnovers.
"Ngayon, totally ayos na talaga," he shared. "Nag-usap-usap na kami na eto na naman, mabibitin na naman tayo kaya 'di na pwede mangyari."
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