BRILLIANT all season, Allyn Bulanadi knows that all of his work will go to waste if San Sebastian loses to Letran on Tuesday in the stepladder semis of NCAA Season 95.
For for the 6-foot-2 swingman, it's gut check time.
"Sinasabi nga ni coach Egay (Macaraya), iba na yung level ng competition. Yun ang magse-separate sa men from the boys," he said.
Both the Golden Stags and the Knights are hell-bent to progress to the next level, against the Lyceum Pirates who are also eager to move up and earn a shot at the San Beda Red Lions for the championship.
And it's more crucial for Bulanadi, as the graduating Davaoeno sniper seeks to extend further his collegiate career.
"Parang potential last game ko na yun eh. Hindi ko alam kung ano yung magiging outcome," said the league's leading scorer, averaging 20.3 points per outing.
"Pero sa akin, lalaruin ko na lang ito para sa teammates ko at ibibigay ko yung 101-percent ko para sa Baste."
Letran and San Sebastian drew their elimination matchups, with the Golden Stags taking the 102-101 overtime win back in August 20 and the Knights knotting the series with a 99-82 trouncing last September 20.
In both games, Bulanadi was consistent in churning out 20.5 points and 4.0 rebounds.
The 22-year-old Bulanadi also hopes San Sebastian can play tighter defense after Letran shot 51 percent from the field in their last matchup.
"Noong nakalaban namin sila sa second round, sobrang daming lapses namin lalo na sa defense tapos nagkanya-kanya din kami," he said. "Dapat sa knockout game namin, kailangan naming i-angat yung laro namin. Kailangan perfect na talaga para makuha namin yung panalo."
"Sinasabi ko rin sa kanila, nandito lang din naman tayo so bakit di natin subukan na gumawa tayo ng history at ibalik natin yung Baste sa championship?"