CHAMPION in various tournaments, coach Egay Macaraya faces a tough task of claiming a title in the country’s oldest collegiate league as he makes his NCAA debut with San Sebastian.
Macaraya has won in leagues such as MMCAA and Naascu with Centro Escolar University, at NCAA-South with San Sebastian-Cavite and even the PBA D-League with Café France.
San Sebastian tapped him to replace coach Rodney Santos this year, and handed the task of ending the Stags woes after two losing seasons as NCAA Season 92 opens on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
San Sebastian takes on St. Benilde on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan City.
"I want to get that winning attitude back in this team before we think of anything," said Macaraya, who is also a San Sebastian product.
The Stags finishing eighth in the 10-iteam league with a 5-13 win-loss record two years ago and seventh last year with a 6-12 slate last year.
The Stags will be without talented Ranzelle Yong, who tore a knee ligament that cost him the whole season.
Michael Calisaan figured in a vehicular accident last month but avoided major injury and the 6-foot-5 wingman is back training with the Stags.
"We were very thankful nothing bad happened, it was really a blessing for us," said Macaraya of Calisaan
Calisaan was named co-captain with Jerick Fabian.
"They will be the leaders of this team and I'm confident they will lead by example on and off the court," he said.
Ryan Costelo, Allyn Bulanadi, Alvin Capobres, Jayson David, Chester Serajosef and Alfren Gayosa are expected to receive heavy playing time now that the rotation got thinner.
Macaraya though has the patience to get that championship for San Sebastian.
"Winning usually starts with the losing. I know that because I've been through that since I started coaching," he said.