BOYET Fernandez has always made it to the finals every time he coached a team in the PBA D-League.
Winner of eight championships in nine finals appearances, the Negrense mentor is in a league of his own in the developmental ranks.
However, Fernandez will be the first to acknowledge that leading Metropac-San Beda to the Finals this 2019 PBA D-League season will be one of the toughest challenges he's ever faced.
"Medyo mahirap talaga yung D-League for us. This is really a rebuilding team, a very young team so we will be patient. But we’re sure that we’ll give our 100 percent every time," he said.
Without last year's leaders Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon, the Movers will now rely on AC Soberano, James Canlas, Clint Doliguez, and Calvin Oftana to continue their school's winning tradition in the league.
Teams made up of the San Beda core have won five championships in the PBA D-League while carrying the banner of NLEX, Hapee, and Cignal HD.
Fernandez, though, isn't putting extra pressure on his side, saying they are using this stint as an early preparation for NCAA Season 95 where the Red Lions are eyeing a fourth straight championship.
"Being a young team, medyo magiging malaki ang pressure pagka sinabi ko kaagad sa players na we’re looking for the championship. But frankly speaking, we really want to win a championship. But for now, we’re looking for a playoff. Hopefully, we’ll make it to the quarters and we just have to get that confidence in ourselves that we’re capable of winning," he said.
Metropac-San Beda is bracketed in the Foundation Group, where it is set to lock horns with NCAA rivals Perpetual and Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian, UAAP studs Chadao-FEU and SMDC-NU, UCBL titlist Diliman College-Gerry's Grill, and dark horse teams CEU, The Masterpiece-Trinity, Wangs Basketball, and Marinerong Pilipino.
"I’m still looking for a finals and I’m still looking for a championship. I’ll just be modest for now and we just want to improve. But if we can make it to the finals, why not? Win a championship, why not?" he said.