JEFF Napa will always be a part of Letran.
That's one thing Larry Muyang made clear even though the bench tactician is no longer the Knights head coach.
"Para sa akin, part pa rin siya ng Letran. Siya ang unang nagbuo doon," he said.
Muyang and Co. faced off with Napa, now back in his role as an assistant coach for National University, in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Sunday. Letran came away with the win, 76-69.
Though they may be on opposing sides now, the burly slotman made sure to give his former mentor a tight hug as the two teams shook hands at the end of the game.
"Para sa akin kung hindi dahil sa kanya, wala ang team ngayon. Kung hindi dahil sa kanya, wala ako sa Letran kasi siya yung nagpapunta sa akin sa Letran at siya ang bumuo ng team," said Muyang, who still slipped a chat with Napa.
"Sinabi niya lang, 'Kumusta yung champion?' Sabi ko, 'Coach, na-feel ko na yung champion na sobrang sarap pala. Paano pa kaya kung tayo 'yung nag-champion?' Yun ang sabi ko sa kanya."
Muyang was a part of the San Juan Knights squad that emerged as champions in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup.
Though Muyang no longer has the chance to replicate his success with Napa at Letran, the bench strategist's contributions in the formation of this squad will never be forgotten.
From afar, Napa could also smile knowing that he has left a solid foundation for the Knights - one that isn't too far off from winning the NCAA title this year.
"Happy ako sa mga performance ng mga bata ng Letran. At least, maganda yung tinatakbo nila. Kailangan maganda para dun sa pagpasok ng season nila," he said.
Napa also believes that though he's no longer with the Knights, they are more than capable of giving the perennial contenders a run for their money.
"I'm sure coach Bonnie (Tan) will work out the little things na kailangan nila trabahuin to win the championship," the three-time UAAP juniors champion coach said. "I'm confident they will be better coming into the season."