MICHAEL Calisaan may already be gone, but San Sebastian looks just fine as it enters this new era.
And a big reason for that is the ascent of Allyn Bulanadi as the team's new go-to guy.
In his first game as the team's top gun, the 21-year-old performed to coach Egay Macaraya's expectations.
Bulanadi willed Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR to a 110-104 overtime victory over Marinerong Pilipino on Thursday to open its 2019 PBA D-League campaign on a high.
"Syempre pressure din ng konti kasi yung buong tiwala ni coach at ng team, nasa akin eh," he said as he settled down on his new role.
But rather than fold in the face of pressure, Bulanadi is taking it positively as he uses the weight of responsibility vested on his shoulders as a motivation.
"Syempre bata kami. Kita mo naman, yung mga lineup ang daming matatanda. Underdog nga kami sabi ni coach Egay. So motivation sa amin yun at sa akin para mag-improve araw-araw," he said.
And he backed it up with a solid performance for the Golden Harvest as he poured in 32 points, while also corralling nine rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
Though it's still early in his tenure as San Sebastian's top stag, Bulanadi hopes that his actions could also reverberate to his teammates as he calls for them to also contribute to the team's cause in the developmental league, and later on, in NCAA Season 95.
"Kailangan lang mag-step up ng mga bagong kakampi namin kasi hindi namin kaya pag kami lang tatlo ni RK (Ilagan) at Alvin (Capobres). Given yung mag-struggle din kami kasi yung kalaban namin puro beterano. Kaya kailangan talaga na mag-step up sila," said the 6-foot-2 Davaoeno.
"Sa akin naman, gagawin ko lang yung best ko. Every game, ibubuhos ko lang ang lahat para sa kanila. Kailangan ko mag-improve every day."