COLLEGE of Saint Benilde coach TY Tang’s scathing remarks after a lopsided loss to Lyceum appeared to have lit a fire in his players in Thursday's game against Letran.
After calling out his players for the lack of fight that led to a 43-point beatdown, Tang was pleased to see his wards fighting back until the end despite falling short down the stretch against Letran, 78-92.
"All we want is a chance until the end," said Tang. "We kept fighting, we kept fighting, we kept fighting towards the end. Dami lang naming lapses sa dulo, doon kami bumigay."
Unique Naboa finished with 17 points in the Blazers' 14-point defeat, which was far less than the blowout they suffered at the hands of the Pirates on Tuesday.
Tang even lauded Benilde for starting strong as the Blazers were even up, 21-14, at the end of the first period. The match was also tied at 66 entering the fourth.
"It's a lot better than the way we played before in a sense because this one, you can sense na nahirapan din 'yung kabila. You can sense that we were toe-to-toe until five, four minutes because there were a lot of mental lapses that we have to correct," said Tang.
In hindsight, Tang said the bitter defeat against LPU may have given the players a lesson or two on playing until the end.
"It's a learning experience for us in a way because we don't want that kind of game na wala kaming pride maglaro. It's not to our identity. It's just kinda like, puwede ng ibigay 'yung first half. But this time, laban kami all the way through. And that's what we want from our boys na we play with a lot of pride. We are carrying the school name, we are representing our school," said Tang.
Technically, the Blazers have a 1-4 win-loss record, their lone win coming from a forfeited match when University of Perpetual Help wore the wrong jersey in their first game of the season. With the way St. Benilde performed against Letran, Tang is confident the Blazers can finally earn a victory on the court.
"We are knocking the doors. I can't predict when but as long as we play the way we play today, for sure, we will be able to knock one down. It's a matter of playing four quarters," Tang said.