DAVON Potts made up for an up-and-down elimination round with big games for San Beda in the playoff round particularly the NCAA Season 93 men's basketball finals.
Potts saved his best for last, helping the Red Lions repeat as champions. He capped his resurgence by scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds in the title-clinching 92-82 win over Lyceum on Thursday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
In 19 games, Potts averaged 7.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in his final year as a Red Lion. But a blazing finish more than made up for his lackluster start.
"Mixed feelings," said Potts. "It was really hard for me this year. Dealing with what I've dealt with, a lot of behind the scenes. But it's a great feeling. I told them (team) as long as we have each other, we made sure that we kept our chemistry strong, and take advantage of the fact that we've been there."
San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez said he felt the pressure of the PBA draft got into Potts. In order to become eligible for this year's draft, Potts had a grueling schedule in which he played two conferences in the PBA D-League while preparing for the NCAA at the same time.
Fernandez said Potts' game flourished after he was selected in the draft in the second round by Alaska.
"Sa totoo lang, we are giving everything to Davon," Fernandez said. "We supported him all the way. Siguro masyado lang siya na-pressure pagdating ng draft. But the way he played after the draft, it was a different Davon. It was a Davon of last year. All of us just decided that we will support Davon."
Fernandez also said Potts' season turned around during the stepladder phase of the season.
"Davon really worked hard in preparation for the playoffs. Napaganda sa amin na rest ng 19 days kasi Davon went back to basics. We forgot to tell that Davon is an important piece of our team because he made his shots, he played defense, and backed up Robert (Bolick) at point guard when he was pressured," said Fernandez.
Potts was glad to bounce back from an inconsistent elimination round with great play in the finals.
"Just a combination of character, attitude, and making sure that I keep things at the back of my mind... I owe it to them (San Beda) for bringing me here and making sure that I leave a legacy, continue the championship with San Beda, and make sure that we continue the winning culture here," said Potts.
The 24-year-old Potts said all the sacrifice of playing those games in the PBA D-League and San Beda were all worth it.
"It was worth it because it was a testament to show everybody that no matter what you go through, no matter how much you have a downfall, you can always bounce back and make sure that there is always a limit," he said.
"Society tells you you are limited but you have a choice. It's either you are going to be down or up. When you get up, you have to make sure that you are disciplined and persistent mentally and physically to get where you need to be," added Potts.