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Maguliano on EAC’s fifth straight loss: ‘parang sa simula lang kami magaling’

by Niel Victor Masoy, August 13, 2019 7:49pm

The Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals have just suffered their fifth straight loss at the hands of the Mapua University (MU) Cardinals, 76-66, on Tuesday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season 95 Seniors basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre. 

EAC now dropped to a 1-6 win-loss card.

One of the Generals’ best players in JP Maguliano just couldn’t hide his disappoinment after the loss, saying EAC is just good at the start of the game.   

“Masyado kaming na-excite dun sa sa 7-0 run namin,” said Maguliano, referring to the Generals’ start in the third canto that cut the Cardinals’ eight-point, 35-27 cushion down to a point, 35-34, with 8:29 left in the quarter. 

“Tapos nag-timeout yung Mapua, parang ayun nawala na. Nagsusunod-sunod na sila, nakaka-disappoint kasi parang sa simula lang kami magaling. Pagkatapos ng laro, ayun dismayado lahat pero part ng laro eh.”

Indeed, the Cardinals broke the game wide open after that timeout with a blistering 21-0 run which turned a 35-34 lead into a 22-point, 56-34 advantage with 2:27 left in the third. 

The Generals couldn’t climb that deep of a hole anymore as Mapua notched back-to-back wins for a 2-5 record.

The defeat made the Oliver Bunyi-coached squad stay in their locker room for over 30 minutes. Maguliano said there was an open forum between the coaches and players there. 

“Parang open forum kami eh. Kung may problema ba sa player o kung may problema ba sa coaching staff,” remarked Maguliano.

There was also some pep talk between the players.

“Part na ng ano namin yun eh. After sabihan ng coach, nag-open forum kaming mga players. We motivate each other tsaka kung ano man yung mga maling ginawa dapat next game dapat ‘di na gawin yung mga yun.”

As bad as the position they are in right now, all is not lost for the Generals.

In order to bounce back, Maguliano said they need to pray, work hard in practice, and keep their fire burning. 

“Una sa lahat, pray lang. Tsaka extra pagdating sa practice ganun pa rin parang wala pa ring nagbago. Gigil pa rin kami tsaka di kami nawawalan ng pag-asa. Marami pang laro, may second round pa.”

For his own part, Maguliano has been one of the bright spots in this loomy EAC’s NCAA campaign as he is always a consistent double-double threat. He gives the glory to the higher being out there while also giving credits to his teammates.

The 6-foot-2 Maguliano, however, insisted that he would rather not score at all so long as the Generals would come out victorious in their remaining games.

“Thankful ako kay God kasi nagiging maganda ang laro ko pero di ko naman magagawa yun kung wala rin yung mga teammates ko kaya credit rin sa kanila.

“Okay lang sakin kahit di ako maka-score basta manalo yung team namin.” 

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