SAN Beda's failure to make the long bombs basically spelled doom in its quest of perfection.
That's how Calvin Oftana saw the Red Lions' 65-64 loss to Letran in Game One of the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball Finals on Tuesday as they suffered their first loss of the season and the untimely end of their 32-game win streak.
"We shot a lot of threes pero anim lang ang pumasok sa kwarenta. It's a big thing talaga," rued the 6-foot-4 forward.
Paltry was San Beda's outside shooting as its 6-of-40 clip, good for 15 percent, which was a far cry from its league-best 33-percent sniping from beyond the arc.
Oftana had a share on that dry spell, missing all of his five attempts from distance, the last of which could have tilted the game toward the Red Lions' favor as they stared at the one-point deficit in the last five seconds of the game.
"Nag-mintis eh. Goal ko talaga na ipasok ko yung tira na yun pero di pumasok," he rued as the play was a perfect example of San Beda's inability to execute in the endgame.
"Di namin na-execute yung play ni coach kaya ganoon yung nangyari. Dapat screen yun para kay James (Canlas) and James will take the shot. Pero hindi nangyari."
The Dumaguete native finished with 11 points on a 5-of-12 shooting from the field, to go with six rebounds, three steals, and one assist in the Red Lions' first defeat since the first round of last season.
Bitter as this defeat was, Oftana knows that the mission isn't over yet for San Beda, and although the dreams of a perfect season is now gone, the quest for four-peat is still alive.
And that's exactly what the newly minted NCAA Season 95 MVP craves for.
"Sweep or no sweep, same thing naman. Balewala na yung sweep namin sa eliminations. Ang goal namin is yung championship. Di pa naman tapos," he said. "Ang gusto ko ngayon manalo kami sa Game Two. Pag sa loob ng court, walang MVP, walang Mythical Five, walang star dyan. We got to play as a team kasi yun ang importante sa amin."
"Game One pa lang. We have Game Two and Game Three pa. Bounce back kami sa Game Two."