NCAA Finals: Coach Boyet challenged to be better by Letran's 'all-star' coaching staff
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 19, 2019 11:37 AM
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Multi-titled mentor Boyet Fernandez is one win away from guiding San Beda University to yet another four-peat.
At the other end of the court, Colegio de San Juan de Letran has a multi-titled mentor of its own - that is if you add all the tacticians helping out head coach Bonnie Tan.
In Games 1 and 2, coach Bonnie had the likes of Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio as well as seasoned lieutenants Rensy Bajar, Lou Gatumbato, and Raymond Tiongco beside him on the bench and Letran special assistant to the rector for sports development and San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua as well as NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio and assistant Jeff Napa behind the bench, aiding him in calling the shots for the Knights.
Without a doubt, that collective effort was what led to Letran doing what was thought to be impossible - dealing the Red Lions their first defeat - in the series opener.
At the same time, without a doubt, that collective effort from the blue and red has only challenged the red and white to be better.
"I really respect all the coaches out there," Coach Boyet answered after being asked about the opposing "all-star" coaching staff. "Coach Al is a former coach of mine in Sta. Lucia and I was his assistant coach also. I'm happy to see Coach Pido, Coach Jeff. I'm happy for them and I'm happy for Letran."
And San Beda's battle-hardened shot-caller has no problem whatsoever going up against that challenge. "I don't question it because that's their brotherhood and I'm really happy for them and Coach Bonnie. For me, kung ano yung adjustments nila, mas nag-iimprove ako and I appreciate the challenge," he shared as he masterfully orchestrated a bounce back win in Game 2.
He then continued, "I welcome the challenge so I'm happy to see them there."
Coach Boyet made it clear, however, that he has an "all-star" support group of his own. As he put it, "The only thing is I have a think-tank also. Boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) called me up (before Game 2) and I'm honored I still have his full trust."
He then continued, "That really gives me a lot of confidence."
Alongside the Red Lions' longtime backer, Fernandez was also nothing but glad to report that Mendiola's full faith in him remains. "We have all our alumni who keeps supporting me all the way. They may not be coaches, but they really give me advice that help me a lot," he said.
He then continued, "Kung sila, may coaches, marami rin akong suporta. Nandyan lang sina boss MVP, okay na."
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