Ronnie Magsanoc deflects credit for 'perfect play' that set up Kiefer Ravena's game-winner
Former San Beda coach Ronnie Magsanoc prefers to stay in the background. Jaime Campos

RONNIE Magsanoc deflected the credit for Ateneo’s final play against University of Santo Tomas that led to Kiefer Ravena hitting the game-winning jumper in their UAAP men’s basketball game.

Coach Bo Perasol pointed out during the postgame interview that it was Magsanoc who drew up the final play for the Blue Eagles that resulted in Ravena scoring a jumper with 3.7 seconds left in the game.

“The last play was designed by coach Ronnie Magsanoc. That was followed to the T. We knew that Kiefer would be double teamed,” said Perasol at the end of the thrilling 63-61 victory.

Even Ravena said it was Magsanoc who made the play. “Coach Ronnie designed the perfect play,” he said.

But Magsanoc refused to take credit for the win.

“No, no, no,” Magsanoc told reporters. “It was just to free up Kiefer. We got lucky because Kevin (Ferrer) missed the shot and eventually it was a good play because Kiefer made it.”

When told that Perasol gave credit to him for the winning play, the former champion coach of San Beda said he was just doing his job.

“Nakatoka sa amin ni coach Xavy (Nunag) ‘yung offense. ‘Yun ang assigned sa amin. ‘Yung defense is kay coach Ricky (Dandan) and kay coach Sandy (Arespacochaga). So it so happened na nagkaroon ng situation na na-anticipate namin na ma-shoshoot ni Kevin and the ball will come to us.

“It worked because of Kiefer,” Magsanoc said.

“Ang basketball is a team game. Ganun na rin ang coaching. Kung ano ‘yung naka-assign, ‘yun ang gagawin namin sa team,” added the former PBA star.

Magsanoc was hired to join Perasol’s coaching staff after leading San Beda to the 2012 NCAA title. But the former University of the Philippines and Formula Shell cager refused to quantify his contribution to the team.

“We don’t measure that with what the team has done yet. We always look at it at the end of the season mapped out by coach Bo,” said Magsanoc, who is also an assistant coach in the PBA.

“Siguro ‘yung stability lang sa mindset. Kasi ang paniniwala ko, you just have to be composed and always knowing what to do. Very grounded ‘yung mga bata. Contribution? Ang sa akin kung ano ang hingiin ni coach Bo sa amin, ‘yun ang maitutulong namin,” said Magsanoc.

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