JEFF Napa lauded his veterans for playing to what’s expected of them late in the game as Letran barged into the win column of the NCAA Season 94 with an impressive 83-76 win over San Sebastian on Friday.
Bong Quinto and JP Calvo made up for a subpar fourth quarter in their 78-75 loss to the Perpetual Altas in their opener by conspiring in a second half assault against the Stags.
The two standouts combined for 20 points in the second half where they broke the game wide open and hit the timely baskets to avoid another late-game meltdown.
For Napa, that’s exactly how he envisioned the play of his pair at the start of the season.
“Yun yung inaaddress namin talaga – coming from the loss, yun yung cinorrect namin,” said Napa.
“Nung kinausap ko yung dalawang leaders namin, pinakata ko sa kanila yung bigger picture. Yung teammates nila sumunod naman sila,” he added.
Quinto took the loss to the Altas hardly and he more than made up for it as he finished with 17 points, eight boards, and four assists. He understands that his team’s level of intensity and play is hinged with his energy on the court, so he vowed to do better.
“Sobrang nakakahiya. Ilang days di ako makatulog after ng game namin. Sabi ko nga kay coach Jeff di ko ineexpect na ganun mangyayari. Siguro nga dapat yung maturity namin dapat lumabas eh. Lalong lalo na kami ni Calvo, sobrang daming experience namin na pinagdaanan tapos matatalo kami,” said Quinto.
“For me lang, laging samin maguumpisa yun. Pag nagstart kami ng low, mahahatak namin sila, pag maganda naman madadala namin sila sa magandang sitwasyon,” he added.
For Calvo, who scored 16 points in the win, he’s just thankful that their teammates didn’t make it hard for them to lead.
“Kasi ang maganda lang dito nagtutulungan kami. Tinutulungan din nila ako kung paano ko sila dalhin. Sa dulo sila yung kakapitan ko. Nagtutulungan lang kami,” Calvo said.
Quinto believes that in order for him to be a better leader, he needs to do some reflection first. The good thing for him is he knows that it’s a long season, and he vows to be better and better each game.
“Number one talaga, lagi kong tinitignan yung mga teammates ko pero sarili ko di ko napapansin. Sa practice namin di ko nagagawa yung mga dapat gawin, sa laro naman sakin nagsisimula yung slow start, in defense,” said Quinto.
“Siguro kailangan ma-overcome ko yun kasi sobrang laki yung role na binigay sakin ni coach Jeff, itong season mahaba pa siya, so every practice makukuha ko yun.”