SAN Beda coach Jamike Jarin considered injured Donald Tankoua a big loss but refused to use it as an excuse for their loss to San Sebastian.
In their first game after Tankoua’s season-ending injury, the Red Lions were stunned by the lowly Stags as San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi hit the game-winning bucket with 3.8 seconds left and went on to deal San Beda’s second loss in 12 games on Tuesday.
Jarin said it was San Beda’s poor decision-making, not the absence of Tankoua, that caused their downfall against San Sebastian, which registered its second straight win with the upset.
“Unfortunately, we made bad decisions on offense and we relaxed on defense, which allowed San Sebastian to steal the game from us,” said Jarin on Wednesday.
Although he admitted Tankoua’s absence is a big loss for the Red Lions, Jarin said life goes on for San Beda and felt his team still has a great chance of getting the job done without the Cameroonian big man who tore his ACL on his right knee in their previous match against Emilio Aguinaldo College.
“Of course, the loss of Donald is a big blow for us,” said Jarin. “But we started out flat and when we got our bearings, we got a good lead.”
San Beda hopes to get its act together in its next outing as the Red Lions go up against struggling Letran on Friday.