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Ice-cold three-point shooting spelled doom for San Beda in Game One, says Fernandez

by Niel Victor Masoy, November 13, 2019 2:31pm

San Beda University (SBU) used to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season 95 Men’s basketball tournament in three-point shooting back in the elimination round.

The Red Lions averaged 9.5 triple makes through 14 games in the eliminations for a 33.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

However, the defending champions’ touch from deep wasn’t there in Game One of their Finals series against their rivals in the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Knights.

And for San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez, that was the main culprit in his team’s loss to Letran in the best-of-three series opener on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“We really missed our shots from the three-point area. We were the no. 1 team in three-point shooting up to the Finals, but it left us today,” said Fernandez.

After averaging about 33 percent from deep in the eliminations, the Red Lions sputtered in Game One, indeed.

San Beda only made six of its 40 three-point tries for a lowly 15 percent mark.

That Red Lions’ abysmal shooting from the outside was highlighted by their last missed trey in the contest when Calvin Oftana bricked his triple with 2.4 ticks left in regulation.

San Beda would have grabbed a 67-65 lead had Oftana’s shot went in, but since it didn’t, the Red Lions ultimately suffered a 64-65 defeat - their first loss of the season which also stopped their 32-game winning streak dating back to season 94.

But it is what it is.

Fernandez said San Beda just needs to learn from this and move forward in Game Two.

“It's a matter of the players' conviction that they believe that they can make that shot. We all know that this team is very young and it’s the Finals, they probably have a euphoria of being in the Finals and maybe having an 18-0 slate caught up with them probable," uttered Fernandez.

"This serves as a lesson for us,” the multi-titled tactician added.

Game Two of the Finals is on Friday still at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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