THE first-ever NCAA On Tour game in Season 93 drew mixed reviews after the San Sebastian Stags spoiled the Arellano Chiefs’ home party right inside the Arellano gym on Thursday.
Visiting coach Egay Macaraya was pleased with the turnout, especially with the reception of the crowd, which also included fans from San Sebastian with its campus just a stone's throw away from the venue.
"Very happy. Hopefully marami pang home and away pa, NCAA On Tour so maganda naman yung reception, yung kinalabasan ng game," said Macaraya who saw his team eke out a 65-56 win over the Chiefs.
"Yung players naco-control naman sa games. Sa tingin ko naman, Arellano did very fine regarding sa security," he added.
For Arellano coach Jerry Codinera, however, there’s a lot of room for improvement.
Codinera noted that there were many students who weren't able to enter the venue, which he also believes played a role as they weren't able to utilize the home crowd completely.
"The best group to ask yung mga fans. Maraming di nakapanood. I don’t think they're happy. Daming humihingi ng tickets sakin pero hindi ko alam ang set-up e," said Codinera.
"Hindi napuno e, yung drums din nawala. It's more on sa amin yung pressure. Papasok din sa isip niyo yun e," he added.
The NCAA, though, will have more chances of ironing out the possible kinks as the league is set to continue the tour every Thursday.
It will be Mapua's turn to host when it takes on Perpetual Help on July 20.