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    New coach Oliver Bunyi trusts long process in EAC's NCAA buildup

    Feb 28, 2019
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    OLIVER Bunyi knows that it would take a lot of time before his system is fully realized with the Generals.

    But for now, he's happy to see glimpses of those in Batangas-EAC's campaign in the 2019 PBA D-League.

    The team showed immense promise on Thursday when it topped McDavid, 79-57, for its first win in the tourney, giving Bunyi his first victory at the helm.

    "Masaya lang for the first win," the 46-year-old admitted.

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    More than the results, though, Bunyi takes bigger pride with how the Generals have evolved since late last year, when he took over from Ariel Sison as the head coach of the squad.

    "Yung satisfaction, yung development, since nag-take over kami, okay naman yung progress nila. Ang tinitignan namin dito, mahaba yung proseso," said Bunyi, who previously served as an assistant coach at GlobalPort, San Miguel in the ABL, and Smart-Gilas under coach Rajko Toroman.

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    So far, he has gotten a mixed bag of results, though guys like JP Maguliano, Allan Martin, and Edric Estacio have shown flashes.

    What Bunyi feels lucky about is the presence of veterans like Earvin Mendoza, Clark Derige, Chris dela Pena, and Cedric de Joya, guys who have been with him in this Batangas team for three years now, as they are aiding him in helping the Generals familiarize with his system.

    "Yung experience nila, this is their third year. Katulong namin sila sa pag-correct ng plays. They're the kuyas of the team. And ok naman sila, pinapakita nila sa practices na alam nila ang ginagawa nila sa sistema namin," he said.

    Bunyi, however, confessed that he's just being patient with how things are going with the Generals, knowing how far they are compared to the heavyweights in the NCAA.

    "It's gonna be a long process for us," he said.

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    "We're still trying to make some adjustments especially sa system na ina-apply namin. Kung titignan mo yung level ng NCAA, malayong malayo pa kami doon. Pero yung progress nila, di naman kami mabagal. Tamang tama lang. They're still inexperienced but we're hoping that the D-League will help us in that."

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