SAN Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya insists that he holds no ill feelings towards guys like Jayson David and Renzo Navarro after they left the Golden Stags to take their act to Lyceum.
"Palagi kong sinasabi na there’s always a chance na hindi kayo maganda dito sa akin at maganda kayo sa kabila because di naman tayo parehas ng attitude. Kung mas gaganda ang laro nila sa LPU, much better for them because mas may chance sila na makapunta sa PBA," he said.
David and Navarro, together with Alvin Baetiong, left Recto for Intramuros just months before the season opened. Only the first two made the cut for Lyceum's Team A this year.
Other players have also taken their act elsewhere, with Alfren Gayosa going to Arellano and Mark Sangalang leaving for Letran.
But of those who left, David and Navarro were the biggest blows for the Golden Stags as they held regular roles in Macaraya's rotation.
"Naging players ko yan dito. Jayson was doing fine, starter pa nga siya. Niloloko ko si Jayson na nawala nga si CJ Perez, pero nandyan pa rin si CJ Perez. And Navarro, there was a point na maganda ang nilalaro niya sa akin," he said.
Now though, they present as big headaches for Macaraya as San Sebastian battles Lyceum on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament.
Still, this is a chance for the Golden Stags, which is currently unbeaten through two games behind the leadership of RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi, to prove that they are indeed for real.
"When you talk about Lyceum, they know how to win. Hindi sila ganoon kadali talunin dahil alam mong magaling yung coach, magaling yung players, and they have the tools to win," he said.
"We’ll just enjoy it. Go back to the court, tignan natin kung anong gagawin natin sa Lyceum and hopefully, good things will happen."