ALLYN Bulanadi is back to his old deadly ways and is thankful for San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya’s patience as he recovered from a shoulder injury.
Unlike in the Golden Stags' first game against JRU where he was played for just two minutes, Bulanadi had his way against Mapua, pouring 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes of action in a rout of the Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA Season 95 basketball tournament on Tuesday.
"Ang sarap. Takbo lang ako ng takbo kanina, para akong aso na nakawala sa kulungan," said the 6-foot-2 swingman as he has made his full recovery from his dislocated left shoulder.
"Yung chance na binigay sa akin ni coach, nagpapasalamat talaga ako. Yung patience niya sa therapy ko, iba rin talaga," he said.
The soft-spoken mentor has high hopes for Bulanadi's partnership with RK Ilagan this NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament and wants the former to always be at his peak physical condition.
"Alam naman ninyo si Allyn, ang problema lang naman is if he isn’t 100-percent," he said. "Alam naman natin na he can play any position, he can score any time he wants, and he’s a very valuable player in the team."
Macaraya even went as far as comparing Bulanadi and Ilagan to the newly-formed Houston Rockets duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, hoping that his 1-2 punch would deliver the goods for San Sebastian while keeping everyone involved in the attack.
"If Allyn is always healthy, then I guess RK and Allyn are our Westbrook and Harden. Yun lang naman ang pakiusap ko sa dalawa, please share the ball and do your thing any time you want," he said.
As tall of a task as it is, Bulanadi said that all he wants is to perform his role on the court for the Golden Stags.
"Syempre kailangan naming gampanan ang role namin. Kung pwede yung laro namin, i-angat pa namin para makuha namin yung championship sa NCAA," he said.