AFTER making a costly turnover in the waning seconds of regulation, McJour Luib was not about to let the Letran Knights down for the second straight time.
Luib admitted making a blunder with Game Three of the NCAA Finals against San Beda on the line, his turnover turned into a breakaway layup by Baser Amer that tied the game at 75-all and sent the match into overtime.
After being stripped by Javee Mocon that led to the tying basket, Luib said he was determine to bounce back in overtime, which he did by scoring the first basket in the extra period to spark Letran’s charge on the way to an 85-82 win.
“Sinisi ko na ‘yung sarili ko nung nag-overtime eh,” Luib admitted. “Sabi ko sa sarili ko, babawi ako kasi hindi ko hahayaan na matalo kami dahil sa akin. Hindi ko hahayan na maging malungkot ang mga teammates ko dahil sa akin.”
Bounce back, Luib did.
The 22-year-old guard started overtime with a bang, hitting a huge layup to pump life back to a disheartened Letran side that lost what appeared to be a insurmountable eight-point lead in the final stretch of regulation.
“Sabi ko sa kanila before mag-start ‘yung overtime, walang iwanan. Nagalit si Mark (Cruz) sa akin, sabi ko sa kanya pasensya na, babawi ako. Kaya pinilit ko na ibuhos ko lahat,” recalled Luib of that tense moment.
The Letran guard actually had a big finals series, hitting one big shot after the other in the best-of-three affair. Luib added how head coach Aldin Ayo also wanted him to contribute on offense.
“Nag-focus sila (Red Lions) masyado kay Mark, K-Racs (Racal), Rey (Nambatac). Dapat maglaro din ako hindi puro depensa lang kasi na-oopen ako,” he said later.