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    Jeff Napa calls out Knights after collapse: ‘Hindi Lyceum ang tumalo sa amin … sarili namin’

    Aug 18, 2017
    Jeff Napa says they should have done much better than 5-4 in the first round. Dante Peralta

    FOR Letran coach Jeff Napa, the Lyceum Pirates played well but noted the Knights simply shot themselves in the foot.

    The Knights blew a 17 point lead before completely breaking down in the endgame, and Napa insisted it was a game they should have won. 

    "Hindi naman Lyceum ang tumalo sa amin. Sarili namin. Credit sa kanila sa Lyceum, dahil binigay nila yung best nila, kami kulang na kulang kaya ganyan ang kinalabasan ng laro," said Napa.

    [See Nzeusseu powers comeback from 17 points down as Pirates slay Knights for eighth straight win]

    "Nung dulo kasi ang daming questionable calls na rin so di na namin mababawi yun. Kami naman, mga players, positibo pa rin," he added.

    Playing minus Jeo Ambohot, the Knights got outrebounded by the Pirates 53-42. 

    Napa's super subs also failed to show up, leaving the starters to do the heavy lifting again.

    "Malaking factor ang kawalan ni Jeo kasi, rotation yan. Mabigat (mawala) yung eight points, eight rebounds at three blocks a game pero di naman excuse yun para di kami maglaro ng tama," Napa added.

    [See Ambohot suffers setback as rising Letran star likely out two months due to wrist fracture]

    "Yung mga magic bunots ko, hindi gaano umubra. Walang nag step up sa bench. Yung mga main guys parin naglaro ng heavy minutes kaya nagsuffer parin kami."

    The Knights’ 5-4 record after the first round may be respectable but Napa remains dissatisfied, saying the team can give so much more.

    "Medyo bitin ako kasi kulang pa rin ang effort namin. Given na yung iba, pero di pa din total teameffort. Coming into the second round, yun ang focus namin," said Napa. 

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    "Kailangan ko ulit mag adjust at icheck ulit yung mga mindset ng mga players namin lalo na yung off the bench para ma-recall nila ang roles nila sa team."

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    Jeff Napa says they should have done much better than 5-4 in the first round. Dante Peralta
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