SAN Beda coach Boyet Fernandez hopes the slim win over Perpetual Help on Friday will serve as a lesson to the Red Lions as they stayed undefeated in the Filoil preseason tournament.
The Red Lions needed the late-game heroics of Robert Bolick on Friday as they came back from four points down in the final moments of regulation before escaping with a 64-61 win over the Altas to go 4-0.
Fernandez was not happy with the performance of the Red Lions, saying that his players were complacent against the Altas, who have a losing record in the preseason campaign.
Among the teams San Beda has beaten is UAAP champion La Salle in perhaps one of the best games the tournament.
"I said to my players before the start of the game that it is a character test for us," Fernandez said. "We did a good job against La Salle. The hype was there and the players were happy. Hindi mo naman mabe-blame 'yung mga bata pero I told them, the win against La Salle and the wins that we had in the three game will just be useless if we lose to Perpetual."
Bolick completed San Beda's comeback when he scored a follow-up off a miss from Javee Mocon with 0.8 seconds to play to tie the match at 55.
The Red Lions finally got their bearings in the extra period as they strung up an 8-2 run capped by a triple by Benedict Adamos for a 63-59 advantage.
"You really have to play your game. But the way that they played, hindi sila 'yun. I hope they realize what I'm telling them. Hindi siguro sila naniniwala na kakayanin nila kahit ano. Nakita nila na masama laro nila. But eventually, at least, we got this one. Again, salute to Perpetual," said Fernandez.
The Red Lions next face University of Santo Tomas.
"I hope that this game will give my players the wake-up call. We need to play our game every game," said Fernandez,
"It's bad na nanalo pa kami. But again, if it's an ugly game, we take his game and we look forward to UST," he added.