SO near and yet so far.
That has been the story early in the season for College of St. Benilde, which suffered yet another heartbreaking loss on Saturday night, 61-60, at the hands of Letran in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
No thanks to two bungled charities by Luis Sinco, the Blazers have once again faltered down the stretch as they remained the only winless team in the country’s oldest collegiate league this season.
The fourth straight defeat also meant the Blazers are off to their worst start since 2004 when they lost their first 11 games.
While he was pleased with the effort of the Blazers, who have a combined losing margin of just five points in all their games, head coach Gabby Velasco rued his team’s immaturity in late-game situations.
“I’m satisfied in a sense that we’re trying hard each game, but at the end of the day, it’s still a loss. You cannot just accept it like that.”
“We have to mature,” Velasco added. “This is where the boys are separated from the men, so probably wala pa kami dun siguro.”
Velasco has had a rough coaching transition to the NCAA from the UCLAA (Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association) and the NCRAA (National Capital Region Athletic Association), where he led St. Francis to numerous titles.
But what else can he do other than be optimistic?
“You will really encounter obstacles, pain, but we’re still positive. Hopefully we’ll learn and handle situations like this in the future.”
“We’re still looking for that elusive win,” Velasco added. “Once we get that first win, we’re hopeful things will turn around.”