DAVE Ildefonso's career game, it turned out, wasn't enough to lead National University to its first win in UAAP Season 82.
The sophomore swingman capped a career-best 29-point performance by giving the Bulldogs the lead, 83-81, with his daredevil drive against three Adamson defenders with 1.4 seconds remaining.
Fate, however, would intervene as Lenda Douanga nailed the improbable three-point winner to lead the Soaring Falcons to an 84-83 stunner in overtime on Saturday - and break Ildefonso and the Bulldogs' hearts.
"Ginawa ko naman lahat nang makakaya ko. Ginawa namin ng mga teammates ko lahat ng makakaya namin. Disappointing sa una pero sa tingin ko sabi ni God, sa kanila talaga yung laro eh," said Ildefonso, who went 11-of-21 from the field while also collecting nine rebounds, four steals, and three assists.
What stuck out like a sore thumb in Ildefonso's heroic stand was his five turnovers which, to him, proved costly in a tight game like this one.
"May mga errors din ako na nagawa eh," the 19-year-old said, pointing to his stepping out of bounds violation with 0.9 ticks left in regulation which denied NU a chance to win the game from 74-all.
But as painful as that defeat was, Ildefonso stuck to positives saying these young Bulldogs are bound to be better this season after a year together under their belt.
"This year, mas kumpiyansa kami kasi yung core namin is really intact. Iba na rin ang composure namin from last season," said the second-generation star. "Yung mga rookies namin, solid talaga sila and coming from an NU program, alam na rin nila how the system works, how everything works."
Ildefonso is confident NU iwill finish better than its seventh place last year.
"After this game, we won’t be down. Alam naming kaya naming manalo," he said, looking ahead to the Bulldogs' game against La Salle on Wednesday.