RK Ilagan was the hottest player on the court for San Sebastian, but unfortunately the same can be said about his temper.
With the Stags well within striking distance of the favored Lyceum Pirates, Ilagan made an ill-timed decision to lash out on the referees, prompting a technical and resulting in his fifth and final foul of the game.
Ilagan, who finished with 18 points and four assists before fouling out, had to watch from the bench starting at the eight-minute mark of the fourth – and he’s certainly regretting the decisions that he made.
“Nagpadala na naman ako sa init ng ulo ko eh. Di naman kasi ako sanay sa ganun, so mali ko na naman, nagpadala ako, na-technical. Wala na ako magawa, chineer ko nalang yung mga teammates ko. Sayang lang talaga, five points,” said Ilagan.
“Sobrang nakakahinayang kasi, dapat talaga andun ako sa loob, nakakatulong dapat ako sa team ko. Maganda naman ginawa ng second group at ibang mga veterans,” he added.
That loss came costly for Coach Egay Macaraya and the Stags, especially since Ilagan is one of the veterans on the team already.
With the departure of veteran guard Ryan Costelo, the leadership on the point guard spot now falls on the third-year guard and he promises to continue to improve on that aspect.
“Sabi po nung coaches sakin, kailangan ko madevelop yung leadership ko, pati yung pagcocommunicate ko sa mga bata,” said Ilagan.
Whatever things he learned in the past, he’ll now be passing on to his younger teammates as they look to make the Final Four amid the summer exodus.
“Kung ano pa ang mgaa natutunan ko sa mga veterans dati, kila Ryan Costelo, inaapply ko. Ginaguide ko sila, pag naffeel nila ang pressure, kinakausap ko sila.”