CALVIN OFTANA CLARIFIES ISSUES AFTER PODCAST INTERVIEW GUESTING
NCAA Season 95 MVP Calvin Oftana was filled with regret following his shoot interview with Mieke Reyes’ Straight Up podcast after it ended up turning viral.
“Sa lahat ng nasaktan or natamaan sa mga sinabi ko dun, it’s really not my intention na siraan at manira ng tao. I want to apologize to them,” expressed the 6-foot-6 forward in an interview with Tiebreaker Times.
“Being a team captain, I should have done better.”
Several topics were tackled during his talk with Reyes that also had former Red Lions now Green Archers Evan Nelle and Clint Doliguez, who is now with Rain or Shine.
One of the controversial issues raised in the podcast was the aftermath of NCAA Season 95’s Game Three that saw San Beda’s heartbreak against its rival Letran, 79-81.
Meanwhile, former Red Lions Nelle asserted that he received cold treatment by head coach Boyet Fernandez after their loss. Also discussed was the “lack of adjustments” made for the winner-take-all bout.
San Beda’s Oftana clarified that he had no intention to drag down his decorated mentor’s name in the session. After all, he still acknowledges Fernandez who gave him his biggest break.
“Bakit ko sisiraan si Coach Boyet? Siya yung nagbigay sa akin ng playing time na hinangad ko,” shared Oftana.
During the NCAA Season 94, the Dumaguete City native played just 10.7 minutes per game for averages of 4.8 points and 3.0 boards.
His playing time increased to 25.5 minutes in Season 95 and his numbers shot up posting 15.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 21 games played.
His standout performance also led him to join Gilas Pilipinas in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.
“Kung anuman ako ngayon, dahil yun sa playing time at tiwala na binigay ni Coach Boyet sa akin. Talagang nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya.”
During the said interview, sensitive topics for collegiate sports were tackled like the issue of “in-game” bonuses.
25-year-old Oftana bared that they have already been given the incentives by the team’s boosters.
“Kay Boss Jude [Roque] namen, yung tungkol sa incentive, pabiro lang naman yun,” said Oftana.
“Siyempre, alam ko naman na natanggap na namin ‘yun.”
Oftana is still deciding on whether he will stay and come back in the Mendiola-based squad or join professional leagues.
No matter whatever his decision may be, Calvin expressed that he will always be grateful to San Beda for giving him numerous opportunities both as a student and as an athlete.
“Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa San Beda. Sino ba naman ako ngayon kung hindi dahil sa kanila.”