MICHAEL Calisaan went through the biggest scare of his life when he figured in a motorcycle accident last year.
Now he's making the most of his 'second life.'
The 6-4 forward became San Sebastian's man of the hour on Tuesday afternoon when he scored 36 points, including the three-pointer that sealed the Stags' 74-69 win over Letran in a knockout match for a place in the NCAA Season 93 stepladder playoffs.
The career game is just the latest highlight in a memorable renaissance for the 22-year-old player, who in May last year figured in a motorcycle accident while attending the fiesta celebration of his hometown of Sta. Rita in Pampanga.
That the mishap happened just a month before the start of the Stags' campaign in the NCAA nearly derailed the career of Calisaan, who can't thank coach Egay Macaraya enough for giving him a second chance.
“Nung naaksidente ako, tinulungan pa rin ako ni coach. Sinali niya ako sa CafeFrance (PBA D-League),” said the third-year player.
Macaraya said the accident has become a turning point for Calisaan's career.
“Nagkaroon din siya ng freak accident. Turning point kung bakit siya ganito kagaling ngayon,” Macaraya said. “He understands ‘yung importance of his second life, and ‘yung proseso at ‘yung hardwork."
Calisaan admitted he struggled to regain form after the accident.
“First round, natatakot pa ako kasi naalala ko ‘yung accident. Second round, doon nakabawi,” said Calisaan.
Now he's a complete different player. Calisaan has emerged as one of the top players in the NCAA this season, averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Stags.
Macaraya said the sky is the limit for Calisaan
“If he plays like that all the way, alam ko naman na he will be one of the number one picks sa PBA draft,” said Macaraya. "Maganda ang pupuntahan niya.”