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    Boyet Fernandez hopes loss to Pirates fires up Red Lions to regain defensive teeth

    Jul 14, 2017

    BOYET Fernandez had the best seat in the house watching the juggernaut that was the Lyceum offense from the sidelines. Problem is, his San Beda team was on the receiving end of the onslaught,  and he didn't exactly like what he saw. 

    The Pirates once again scored at will as they pillaged the Red Lions, 96-91, in the NCAA Season 93 on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center. 

    Fernandez said that he expected Lyceum to be a tough customer but was disappointed with how they defended their opponents, particularly in the endgame. 

    Reymar Caduyac and CJ Perez attacked the basket at will in the clutch and the Red Lions never really had answers to the Lyceum duo.

    "We know that Lyceum is a really good team. Giving up 96 points is not our defense. They scored 96 like they did in the first game. So if we want to beat LPU, we can't play them offense on offense, we have to make stops," said Fernandez. 

    "They really scored at will and as what I've said, I take that blame, we'll go back and prepare for our next game," he added. 

    [See Lyceum proves title credentials as Pirates tame defending champ Red Lions]

    What irks Fernandez the most is how they defended individually. 

    The Pirates only had 12 assists for the game but they still managed to run up the scoreboard owing to their fantastic one-on-one plays where Perez and Caduyac ran circles around the San Beda defense.

    "They only had 12 assists but they scored 96. So it's probably our individual defense. We have to check that," Fernandez continued. 

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    Despite the loss, the NCAA champion coach still sees a silver lining in it as it serves as a wake-up call that the competition has gotten tougher.

    "There are very strong teams ahead of us. We know that they're looking at us but as I've said, there are so many teams that's stronger right now," he said. 

    "We lost this one but I think it's good for us also. We lost and we learned our lesson."

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