ALTHOUGH San Beda is now on the cusp of winning a fourth straight NCAA men’s basketball title, there is a part in Ryusei Koga that doesn’t feel like celebrating.
And everything is understandable.
The controversial Red Lions guard has not seen action for the team since being relegated to the inactive list during the Final Four in the wake of the league’s decision to defer the `larong labas’ issue of which he stands accused of.
The Filipino-Japanese guard admitted he wants to play and help the Red Lions clinch a rare four straight championship, which could be realized with a win in Game Two of the Finals against the Letran Knights Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The game is set at 4:30 p.m.
“Mahirap para sa akin kasi team ko yan eh,” Koga told Spin.ph on Wednesday after joining the Red Lions in practice “Gusto ko maglaro. Finals yan eh.”
But he also admitted dealing with the larong labas case has been hard.
“Mahirap pero nasagot ko naman `yung mga tanong doon.”
Koga, who averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 boards, and 2.2 assists in 19.7 minutes of action in 17 games in the elimination round, still believes his teammates can cope without him.
“Nalulungkot ako, pero alam kong kayang-kaya naman ng team eh,” he said.