MANILA, Philippines – Since the NCAA Season 91 championship series kicked off last week, San Beda College has had difficulty controlling the number of turnovers the team has committed.
According to San Beda head coach Jamike Jarin, it is a cause for concern as the Red Lions are set to take on Colegio de San Juan de Letran in a do-or-die Game 3 on Thursday, October 29.
The Red Lions made 29 errors in Game 1 that also contributed a tough blow to San Beda’s rally to get the lead down the stretch.
In addition, the Muralla-based Knights were able to convert 25 points from San Beda’s turnover woes.
Meanwhile, the red-and-white troop had 32 miscues in Game 2 that Letran turned into 22 points.
“We still threw the ball away a lot of times. 32 is not a good number. Again, I credit everything to Letran. They made us [commit] turnovers. We just need to take care of the ball,” Jarin said.
Despite giving up 32 turnovers as compared to Letran’s 11, San Beda managed to forge a winner-take-all contest against its longtime league rival as the Mendiola Five were able to limit their counterparts to 3 field goals in the fourth quarter.
Rey Nambatac botched his two trips to the foul line that could have inched Letran closer to San Beda, while John Paul Calvo and McJour Luib split their respective freebies.
Baser Amer helped San Beda to pull away from Letran in the fourth period as he torched Letran with five-straight points, delivering a two-point jumper before firing back with a beyond-the-arc shot to give San Beda a 63-57 edge with 6:13 left in the contest.
On the other hand, Javee Mocon hammered the final nail in the coffin with a score-settling bucket as the Red Lions took away Game 2 from Letran with a 68-61 victory.
“It has to start from each person that you have to embrace your responsibility and not be allowed to get beat. That’s how we started and I hope we maintain it,” Jarin stated. – Rappler.com