SAN Beda starting point guard Baser Amer credited the entire Red Lions, particularly those who stepped up in the team’s 60-56 win over Letran Saturday that rewarded them their fourth straight NCAA men’s championship.
Amer didn’t really take charge for the Lions this time the way he did in last year’s decisive Game 3 of the Finals which the Lions also won at the expense of the Knights.
But good thing, there was the team’s bevy of shock troopers to take the cudgels for him as the pride of Davao remains perfect with the Mendiola-based schools, winning a title each in his first three year with the team.
“Kahit wala na sina Jake (Pascual), Anjo (Caram), at Melo (Lim), `yung mga teammates ko na nandito ngayon nag step-up sila,” said Amer as he made special mention of Rome Dela Rosa, Ola Adeogun, and the Semerad brothers, David and Anthony.
But at the same time, Amer also felt for teammate Ryusei Koga, who had not played for the Lions since the Final Four owing to his alleged involvement in a `ligang labas’ while the tournament was ongoing.
“Si Koga good person naman siya, 'yung nangyari sa kanya imbis na pansinin namin 'yung mga negative na sinasabi ng mga tao, ginawa na lang namin na positive 'yun para sa team,” said last year’s Finals MVP.
Amer finished the winner-take-all Game 3 with six points, all of which he scored in the third period, while adding five of the Lions total 13 assists.
“This is it na kasi, this is the last game," he said. "Hindi ko na pwinersa ang shots ko, naghanap ako ng open teammate para sa extra pass."