AS the final buzzer sounded, Ola Adeogun appeared to have a confrontation with some of his teammates like they did something wrong even after the San Beda emerged victorious against Arellano, 74-66, in Game One of the NCAA men’s basketball Finals on Monday.
It turns out the Red Lions star slotman was only reminding them not to get way ahead of themselves after getting the lead in the best-of-three series.
“I was just telling them not to celebrate,” Adeogun said in a chat with Spin.ph. “I was just trying to caution them, because we still have a job to do.”
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Since he suited for the Lions, the third-year Nigeran big man has always been in title series that went the distance, first in 2012, then last year, both against Letran.
So Adeogun is ambitioning for a sweep for a change.
“It doesn’t matter if we win (Game One) and we lose the next game. Pangit eh,” he said. “So that’s why I don’t want us to celebrate.”
The Lions go for the jugular on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Adeogun is also longing for some deserved rest after playing hoops for what he feels like has been an eternity.
“Since last year, wala pa akong rest, from NCAA, to D-League, to Champions league,” he bared. “Kailangan ng pahinga.”
“It’s just all-year round. Aside from the Christmas break, I haven’t had a one-month break,” he added.
Eager to jumpstart the series, Adeogun shone on Monday with 14 points, 14 boards, four blocks, and three assists in 32 minutes as the Lions dumped the ball inside and negated the Chiefs’ running game when it mattered.
“We cannot beat them with speed, so we have to match up with them with our bigs,” Lions coach Boyet Fernandez said. “And hopefully they don’t attack us on fastbreaks.”
That’s what the San Beda mentor hopes to continue taking advantage of as they try to finish the Chiefs off and capture a fifth straight title in the league that will make them peers with the San Sebastian team that achieved the feat in the mid-1990s.