ENZO Navarro's first game back in the collegiate major leagues may not have ended up with a win but he didn't consider San Sebastian's defeat a total loss.
The Stags' prized guard, who spent his first few years with La Salle, contributed 12 points, seven assists, and three steals in in his first official game back for San Sebastian, the school he played for in high school, on Saturday.
Unfortunately, his efforts fell short as the Stags' tough stand ended with a 76-67 defeat against the defending champion San Beda Red Lions.
Navarro, however, saw some positives in the defeat, as it only proved San Sebastian has what it takes to compete with the top level teams in the NCAA following a respectable showing in the preseason.
"Siguro hindi siya dagdag kumpiyansa," said Navarro. "Lesson siya para sa amin. Malakas na team 'yun pero kaya pala naming talunin. May chance kaming manalo."
The Stags in fact had a chance with a tie game until midway in the fourth quarter. But Navarro admitted San Beda's experience and depth proved as the difference maker.
"Actually, pagpasok ng fourth, ang sabi ko talaga, sa amin ito. Ang problema lang, meron pa silang hugot. Si (Clint) Doliguez, nahugot pa nila. Kami wala na. Mas malalim talaga bench nila. Marami silang puwedeng i-hugot," said Navarro.
On a personal note, Navarro is thrilled to play again for San Sebastian under the bright lights of the NCAA.
"Masaya ako na nakabalik ako dito sa team. Sobrang kumportable ako kasi pinapabayaan nila ako na gawin 'yung gusto kong gawin at kung ano ang gusto kong laro. 'Yun din ang sinasabi ni coach Egay (Macaraya) na wag ako masyadong mag-isip. Maglaro lang daw ako. Ngayon, nag-eenjoy talaga ako," said Navarro.
As for the team, Navarro said the Stags will be more determined to improve following the team's showing against the Red Lions.
"For us, 'yung mga lesson na nakuha namin in this game, gawin na lang namin para mag-improve kami sa training. Para hindi lang lesson ang makuha namin kundi panalo," said Navarro.