FOR the first time in his D-League career, Boyet Fernandez has fallen short of the finals.
The Bacolod-born coach actually misses the mark by a couple notches this time, as his Metropac-San Beda was sent packing by St. Clare College Virtual Reality, 65-60, in their quarterfinal clash on Tuesday.
It was a first for Fernandez, who is the league's most decorated coach winning eight titles between his runs with NLEX and Cignal HD.
He has been to nine D-League finals, only losing once in the 2013 Foundation Cup when Blackwater swept NLEX in two games.
"Sa akin naman, records are records pero hindi ko naman pinansin talaga yun eh. Ang sa akin talaga is kung paano kami magi-improve as a team," he said.
It was a tough outing from the Movers, who just returned to the country earlier in the day after wrapping up their Las Vegas training.
Still, Fernandez was pleased to see the team led by James Canlas, Clint Doliguez and Donald Tankoua, preparing for their title defense in the NCAA, fight despite dealing with jetlag.
"With all the things that we've experienced here sa D-League, sana mag-mature ang mga players ko kasi puro kami bata eh. Malungkot kami dahil doon sa pagkatalo, pero tatayo ulit kami para iprepara namin yung team namin for the NCAA. Sumali naman kami dito para naman maging much prepared kami for the NCAA at doon kami magu-umpisa," he said.
"Yung talo na ito will be a good morale booster for us. Tatiyagain pa namin na mag-improve pa lalo, para maging maayos pa yung team namin pagdating ng NCAA."