San Beda's three-point shot went missing in biggest game of NCAA 95
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2019 08:19 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
San Beda University will not be having a perfect season.
That was made clear, Tuesday at MOA Arena, as the Red Lions fell to archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
That was the three-time defending champions' first loss in the tournament after having completed a clean sweep of the elimination round.
And in the eyes of the red and white themselves, one thing was the clear difference between their 18 wins and this one loss. "The problem is we weren't able to convert from deep. We were the no. 1 team from three-point up to the Finals, but it left us today," head coach Boyet Fernandez said.
Season MVP Calvin Oftana shared the same sentiment. As he put it, "We missed a lot of shots sa threes - yun ang problema namin. We shot a lot of them, pero anim lang ang pumasok."
Indeed, San Beda only made good on six of its 40 triples tries for a 15 percent mark.
This, after an elimination round which had them leading the league in terms of three-point shots - with 9.5 makes per game and an overall percentage of 33.2.
That off-shooting day even came back to haunt the Red Lions in the endgame as Oftana missed on two triple tries in the last two minutes that, of course, would have changed the complexion of the contest.
"Nagmintis e. Siyempre, goal talagang ipasok yun, pero 'di pumasok," he said afterward. "'Di namin na-execute yung play ni coach kaya ganun yung nangyari."
Make no mistake, however, San Beda will keep playing their game and coach Boyet will keep having full faith in his wards. "It's a matter of the players' conviction that they can make it. This team is very young and this is the Finals and having a perfect slate caught up with them probable," he shared.
He then continued, "This serves as a lesson for us. We are looking forward to having a fresh mind tomorrow and being ready on Friday."
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