FROM an original plan of moving up the standings, College of St. Benilde is now scrambling to get out of a very deep hole.
The Blazers, who started the season hoping to improve on their ninth place finish last season, are mired at the bottom of the NCAA heap at 0-5.
Now the focus is simply to chalk up one win, before they can go back to thinking about the original goal of eclipsing last season’s 5-13 mark.
"Despite this, the team is positive," said new Blazers coach Gabby Velasco. "We will keep on fighting and we'll keep on looking for that (first) win."
It has been heartbreak after heartbreak for Velasco and the Blazers, moving tantalizingly close to victories only to drop back five times — with a losing margin of 1.4 points.
They fell to three-time defending champion San Beda in the season-opener by just a point, 70-71, another one-point heartbreaker in their game against Emilio Aguinaldo College, 72-73, bowed to Jose Rizal University, 71-73 in overtime, succumbed to last year's runner up Letran, 60-61, and suffered their latest loss at the hands of San Sebastian, 78-80.
Still, Velasco doesn’t believe in “near-wins” and takes the close calls are they are — losses.
“Whether we lose by a point or in over time, it's still a loss,” said Velasco, adding he believes the Blazers still have the confidence of the CSB community.
“Win or lose naman there is pressure,” he said. “But even with this losing streak the crowd is still there supporting us.”
The Blazers get a chance to stop the bleeding when they face the Lyceum Pirates on Thursday.