EX-FINALS MVP NUNU NOAH SHOULD HAVE PLAYED IN GAME 3 SAYS OFTANA, NELLE, DOLIGUEZ
Players of San Beda are starting to shed some light on the probable cause of their loss against the Letran in NCAA Season 95 as the current captain ball Calvin Oftana, the ex-red lion Evan Nelle and top player Clint Doliquez shared that Nunu Noah should have played in losing the championship game.
According to the trio, the first plan was to let Noah play in game 3 but the same didn’t materialize in the end.
“They were physical kasi. Game Three, kilala mo si Noah di ba? Practice namin, gagamitin dapat si Nunu para bawian yung Letran. Parang titirahin, ganun,” shared Nelle in podcast Straight Up with Mikee Reyes.
Standing 6-foot-3 Noah will be a great help on the defense team as the play of Letran Knights has been aggressive towards the roster of the Red Lions.
Looking back on the heated battle, the trio shared what kind of game the Letran gave to San Beda.
The knights at that time were too physical and Nelle solidified the fact “Dinuduraan nga ako e. Kadiri e. Sa muka! Dura, sapak.”
Doliguez backing up Nelle shared that the scheme of Letran led to Nelle’s play to be desolate.
And even the Season 95 MVP Oftana experienced the same dirty tricks of the Knights. “Sinapak nga ako sa baseline e kaya napahiga ako nun,” he recalled.
“Alam mong pisikal kasi nakita sa replay na pinatid ni Fran [Yu] si [Franz] Abuda o si Donnie [Tankoua],” continued Nelle.
So having Noah on the court, gunning the team could have been a great help for the Lion’s den given the height and skill of the former.
“Sinasabi sa amin yun kahit sa huddle na lalaro si Nunu. Hindi pinasok. We could have adjusted pero same plays bro,” Nelle averred.
“Yung adjustment lang namin more on tendencies. Dun naka-focus si Coach Boyet,” expressed Doliguez.
With things not going as smoothly as they expected to be, the team went on shooting from every angle outside of the court but did not come in handy at all.
“Hindi gumana yung outside shooting namin,” Doliguez concluded.
In the end, San Beda failed to bring the crown to the Lion’s den for a 4-peat and lost to the Letran Knights with a score of 81-79.