Coach Boyet in unfamiliar territory watching PBA D-League semis from home

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 04, 2019 01:43 PM
Coach Boyet in unfamiliar territory watching from home
For the first time ever, head coach Boyet Fernandez has failed to make the cut out of the quarterfinals in the PBA D-League

There is something amiss in the ongoing semifinals of the 2019 PBA D-League.

Yes, Cignal-Ateneo, CEU, St. Clare-VR, and Valencia-San Sebastian, were the top teams through the tournament and only deserve to make up the Final Four of the developmental league.

Still, in the history of the PBA D-League, one man has been a constant in the semifinals.

This year, however, head coach Boyet Fernandez is nowhere to be seen.

With Metropac-San Beda failing to topple St. Clare-VR in the quarterfinals, coach Boyet is on the outside looking into the Final Four for the first time ever.

This, after making it into the semis in each and every one of the previous nine conferences he has coached in - whether that be for NLEX or Cignal HD.

However, for the always amiable mentor, who has eight PBA D-League championships to his name, everything is made to be broken. "Sa akin, records are records, pero hindi ko pinapansin talaga yung mga ganun. Ang sa akin talaga is kung paano kami mag-iimprove as a team," he shared.

And in that light, coach Boyet is nothing but glad with what he saw from his young team. As he put it, talking about his core now fronted by second-year rising stars James Canlas and Evan Nelle alongside Cameroonian pillar Donald Tankoua, "With all the things we've experienced here sa D-League, sana mag-mature ang mga players ko kasi puro kami bata."

He then continued, "Malungkot kami dahil sa pagkatalo, pero tatayo ulit kami para iprepara yung team namin for NCAA. Sumali naman kasi talaga kami rito para maging much prepared kami for the NCAA."

And so, while the winningest head coach in the PBA D-League is not playing in the semifinals, he remains upbeat about the Red Lions' chances as they go for a four-peat in the upcoming NCAA 95. "Yung talo na ito will be a good morale booster for us kasi tiyatiyagain pa naming mag-improve lalo," he said.

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