RoS assistant Mike Buendia takes over as coach of reigning Naascu juniors champ CEU
Mike Buendia takes over the CEU juniors team that captured last year's Naascu crown. Jerome Ascano

ASIDE from his duties as Rain or Shine assistant coach, Mike Buendia bared he's been handling the juniors basketball team of Centro Escolar University.

Buendia said he has been with CEU since February after Yong Garcia was elevated to head coach of the seniors team following the move of Egay Macaraya to San Sebastian.

“Nagkaroon naman ng understanding with the owners and management na they’ll accept me basta kapag nagkaroon ng conflict sa Rain or Shine, priority ko ‘yung Rain,” said Buendia.

Buendia inherits a juniors basketball team that captured last year’s Naascu crown, and were three-time champions from 2011 to 2013.

So far, Buendia is impressed with the program of CEU, and hopes to keep the team contending for the Naascu title under his watch.

“In my few months, I see na maganda mag-alaga ang CEU. Maganda rin ang recruitment. ‘Yung na-inherit ko na team, basically guard-heavy pero ‘yung mga guards, hindi na pang-juniors. They are ready to step up sa Naascu,” said Buendia.

Still, Buendia said the team is still in search of a quality big man.

“Ang lacking lang namin is big man. Sana maka-recruit kami ng big man dahil set na ‘yung mga guards namin. We are a small school compared sa mga UAAP and NCAA. Kung may makukuha kami na diamond in the rough sa probinsya, ‘yun ang hinahanap namin,” said Buendia.

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