BONNIE Tan may no longer be the head coach of Lyceum, but he is still proud of what the Pirates had achieved after ending up as the surprise team to make the quarterfinals of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
Tan gave up his coaching post at Lyceum at the end of NCAA Season 90, but stayed on with the team after the school inked a partnership with Breadstory to play in the D-League.
Former San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson will be the one to take over at Lyceum once Breadstory’s campaign in the league is over.
Still, Tan was elated to get a parting gift from the Pirates, who won three of their final four games in the elimination clinch a quarterfinal berth. They ended up with a 5-6 (win-loss) slate, including a 93-90 win over Racal Motors in their final match.
Aziz Mbomiko came up clutch for the Pirates in the win over Racal after nailing the go-ahead basket, while Joseph Gabayni and Wilson Baltazar likewise contributed immensely for Breadstory.
“Last remaining games ko na sa LPU. At least nabibigyan pa tayo ng konting achievements sa mga players natin,” Tan said.
“Una, being the only rookie team to make it into the quarters was an achievement. Second, ‘yung mga players ng LPU na nagstep-up, hindi tayo pinahiya sa call natin,” he added.
Still, Tan is not satisfied.
Breadstory needs to win on Thursday against Café France in their quarterfinals pairing to force a do-or-die battle for a berth in the semifinals.
“I hope our story won’t end this Thursday. Sana may long story pa tayo na ma-eexpect sa Breadstory,” Tan said with a smile.
Tan, however, admitted the Pirates have already over-achieved this conference.
“I’m very happy for them, lalo na si team owner Waiyip Chong. Talagang proud siya sa team niya, panay collegiate players and may playing years pa sa NCAA at UAAP,” said Tan.