Canlas sheds bandana, shifts focus to leading San Beda in NCAA 96

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 20, 2020 03:25 PM
Canlas sheds bandana, shifts focus to leading San Beda
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"The Bandana Bros." are no more.

And so, James Canlas' trademark look is no more as well.

With former running mate Evan Nelle having taken his talents to De La Salle University, Canlas has ditched the bandana the two had worn for all of last season.

Then, the bandana represented that skillful scorer Canlas and primetime playmaker Nelle were here to lead San Beda University in the present and into the future.

Now, however, "The Bandana Bros" have gone their separate ways and the Filipino-Canadian is, of course, already adjusting. "Honestly, it's very different, but we just have to play through it. He will always be my teammate, but he is just one guy," he said.

With Nelle moving on, Canlas is now the Red Lions' lead guard and is nothing but ready and raring to take a step forward of his own. "This is going to be a big step for me because I have to be a leader now, I have to take charge," he said.

He then continued, "But I won't rush anything. I will take it game by game."

Fortunately for the 6-foot-2 guard, he doesn't have to go at it by his lonesome as Season MVP Calvin Oftana remains by his side while high school standouts Rhayyan Amsali, Justine Sanchez, and Tony Ynot are also all determined to make an immediate impact.

As for his former running mate, Canlas is only wishing him well. "I was surprised, of course, by at the end of the day, that's his decision. I got love for him and I respect his decision," he said.

He then continued, "Good luck to him in La Salle."

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