Jeff Napa rues crucial travelling call on Bong Quinto but takes blame for Letran collapse
Coach Jeff Napa hopes to see skidding Letran regroup after blowing a 12-point lead against Mapua. Dante Peralta

LETRAN head coach Jeff Napa rued the travelling violation called on Bong Quinto late in the game, but made it clear the call is no excuse for their loss to Mapua on Tuesday in the NCAA.

With the Knights down by two down the stretch, Quinto had a chance to tie the match, but the Letran stalwart collided with Mapua’s CJ Isit and was called for a travelling violation, much to the chagrin of the players and the coaching staff.

Napa, however, felt the referees should not have whistled for the violation.

“Hindi ko naman sila bine-blame, kasalanan ko lahat iyon, sa akin lang sana hinayaan na lang maglaro ang mga bata,” Napa said.

“Kung turnover okay lang kung turnover. May naunang nangyari dun eh, then very crucial ang laro tumawag ng travelling parang medyo mabigat,” he added.

Napa, however, refused to blame the referees for the loss saying at the end of the day, the Knights let a 12-point lead slip away to lose the match, 79-75.

“Hindi ko sila bine-blame (refs), kasalanan din namin siguro kaya napunta sa ganoon sitwasyon,” Napa said.

Napa also credited Mapua for their comeback victory.

“Mapua is a tougher team. Gumawa lang kami ng paraan para mapuna kung ano mang pagkukulang namin,” he said.

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