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    Jeff Napa calls out Letran vets to take charge in lengthy post-game huddle after third straight loss

    Sep 15, 2017
    Jeff Napa rued his team's poor defense and the lack of leadership from the Letran vets as the Knights suffered their third loss in a row. Dante Peralta

    LETRAN had a lengthy talk in the dugout after the Knights fell to their third straight defeat on Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament.

    The Knights fell to a 5-6 win-loss record after bowing to Jose Rizal University, 77-68, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

    The long talk, led by Letran coach Jeff Napa, was centered around the lack of team effort as proven by their eight assists in the game compared to JRU’s 20 dimes.

    "Maraming sinabi," said Napa, when asked about the postgame talk. "Si coach Kerby (Raymundo, Letran consultant), marami ring nasabi. Mahirap manalo ng eight assists lang eh. 'Yun ang turning point ng game."

    Napa also rued the poor play of the Knights on defense that led to JRU shooting 45 percent from the field in the contest

    "We played lousy defense. Talagang naglaro ang JRU. 'Yung team effort (nandoon) kaya ganun ang result ng game," said Napa.

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    As Letran struggled, Napa hopes to get more out of his leaders in the losing skid that dropped the Knights into half-a-game below fourth place San Sebastian.

    "We should be aware sa nangyayari especially sa mga leaders dahil sila 'yung nilu-look up ng mga bago ngayon. Talagang ina-ano ko sila na be a leader. Mahirap naman 'yung lahat sa akin dahil hindi naman ako 'yung naglalaro," Napa said.

    Napa is looking to stay positive about Letran situation, as he trusts the veterans that they will turn the corner in the next games.

    "Mahirap magsalita, gusto ko makita sa gawa. Kahit anong game plan ang ibato ko diyan, kung kulang sa gawa 'yung mga players, hindi rin namin nae-execute. Still, positive pa rin ako despite our loss. Kailangan lang ng mga boys na akuhin 'yung responsibilidad para at least, maintindihan nila lahat at makapag-perform sila better," said Napa.

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    Jeff Napa rued his team's poor defense and the lack of leadership from the Letran vets as the Knights suffered their third loss in a row. Dante Peralta
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