DAN Sara admitted it will be tough filling in the shoes left by injured point guard Baser Amer, but sees the occasion as a good opportunity for him to step up in San Beda’s title retention bid in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Sara said the absence of Amer serves as a challenge for him after being trusted into the limelight shortly upon assuming the starting playmaker role during the Red Lions’ game against Lyceum on Tuesday.
“Baser Amer is Baser Amer. I take it as a challenge to fill his spot,” said Sara.
Amer, the national team player who’s in his final season with San Beda, suffered a dislocated right shoulder in San Beda’s match against Letran last week and could likely be out for at least four to six weeks, according to team manager Jude Roque.
But Sara showed he’s up to the task as he came through with an all-around game of 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and six steals in the Lions’ 97-74 rout of the Pirates to bounce back from their 93-80 loss to the Knights last week.
“Parang kapatid ko na siya. I need to step up talaga,” said Sara.
San Beda coach Jamike Jarin is confident Sara is capable of at least filling in some of the missing pieces Amer left behind since the former San Beda Red Cub has been getting minutes anyway.
“The way I’ve been coaching since inter-barangay, I try to play everyone to build confidence because eventually, you will need all of them,” said Jarin.