NCAA: Despite worst record, EAC coach sees bright future for young Generals
MANILA, Philippines — After finishing with the NCAA’s worst 98 season record of 3-15, Emilio Aguinaldo College hopes to find maturity next year as the young team continues the experience.
The Generals this season played with mostly rookieswhich, according to coach Oliver Bunyi, would allow good progress in the future.
“They still have a future of playing basketball and I hope this last game gives them some pointers on how to handle the pressure, how to keep calm and mature for next season,” the chief tactician said. after escaping the Arellano Chiefs in overtime, 63-62 on Tuesday.
“[I’m] very proud. I thought if we had this kind of character from the start, maybe things would be so different,” he added.
The young side have miles to go at both ends of the field as they finished as the league’s worst team, with just 64.63 points per outing.
The Generals will also have to improve defensively since they allowed 36.25 per game.
With the second-round controversy surrounding the best gunners King Gurtiza and Ralph RobinBunyi clarified that both players are not “permanently suspended” and could still see action next season if the development happens.
“No one will leave. If there are new additions, they will have to compete for the place,” explained the veteran coach.
If there’s anything EAC can see as a silver lining, it would be its two strengths in the painting of Nat Cosejo and Allen Liwag.
Cosejo, who also earned an NCAA Player of the Week plum during the All-Star break, posted standards of 13.07 scorers and 6.14 boards per game. Liwag, meanwhile, also averaged 10.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
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