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    Bulanadi embraces Stags' leadership role as Ilagan fouls out, Macaraya suspended

    Aug 20, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    SAN Sebastian had every reason to quit and wilt under pressure.

    Already without suspended coach Egay Macaraya and with six players, including top gunner RK Ilagan, fouling out, the Golden Stags could have chosen to abandon ship.

    But Allyn Bulanadi wouldn't let them, with the senior swingman grabbing the steering wheel for his side late.

    "Si RK ang leader namin, so pag nawala siya sa court, walang ibang bubuno ng role niya kundi ako lang," he said.

    Be a leader, Bulanadi did as he urged San Sebastian to stay together and pull off the 102-101 overtime win over Letran on Tuesday.

    "Sabi lang ni coach, pwede akong maging leader sa court, so kinausap ko sila every possession, wag mag-give up at ipakita natin ang character natin," he said as he fired 21 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the win.

    Bulanadi had a huge hand on that triumph, with him dishing out the game-deciding assist to Ken Villapando in the final 18.5 seconds for the winner -- further evidence of his trust to his teammates.

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    "Pag practice, sinasabay naman kami ni coach. May tiwala naman ako sa kanila, lalo na kay Kenneth," he said.

    But more than anything, it's the defense which is the biggest plus for San Sebastian as it showed teeth on defense and held the Knights to just 36-percent clip from the field.

    "Kung dalawang oras nga kami nagpa-practice ng defense, maa-apply namin yun sa five minutes," he shared. "Sinabi lang sa amin ni (assistant) coach Melo (Banua) na wag mag-give up at sundin lang namin yung gameplan."

    The win allowed the Golden Stags to halt their three-game skid and pull even at 3-3 in the standings.

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