CSB Blazers 'need to play little bit tougher' as they try to extend NCAA Finals

CSB coach Charles Tiu and the Blazers within the NCAA Finals Recreation 1. –NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Friday—Faculty of St. Benilde must overcome greater than Letran to power a Recreation 3 within the NCAA Season 98 males’s basketball match finals.

Because the Blazers tackle the Knights in Recreation 2, in addition they should battle their very own fatigues–together with the great stress–to push for a rubber recreation for the championship.

“The fellows are in nice form. We don’t observe too arduous to verify they’ve sufficient legs (for recreation day),” mentioned coach Charles Tiu. “It actually was the stress. (Migs) Corteza cramps up after 12 minutes within the first half, he was sitting down to begin the third and it simply occurred.”

Except for Corteza, Robi Nayve and Mark Sangco additionally slowed down within the fourth quarter of their 81-75 loss attributable to cramps, leaving Letran open to make a game-ending run.

One other blow in Benilde’s facet within the first recreation was when the frontrunner for league MVP,Will Gozum, additionally went down with nagging ache.

NCAA MVP frontrunner Will Gozum in the NCAA Finals Game 1. –NCAA PHOTO

NCAA MVP frontrunner Will Gozum within the NCAA Finals Recreation 1. –NCAA PHOTO

Gozum completed with a double-double of 18 factors and 11 rebounds however cramps held him to lesser minutes within the second half, permitting Louie Sangalang to bully his means inside for his 24 markers.

“We are able to’t win video games when 4 of your starters are out attributable to cramps or accidents. It’s very powerful. 100%, it was a game-changer for us,” admitted Tiu.

Having to play damage just isn’t one thing new for the Blazers as Tiu already said just a few weeks again that his workforce is going through a number of painful—however not surgery-needing—accidents.

“JC (Cullar) has been in ache just about the entire season . Macoy Marcos acquired damage and has been having ankle issues. Nayve has been having ankle issues. Oczon’s foot has been hurting him additionally, so we’re not fully wholesome,” admitted Tiu final November 22 of their closing elimination recreation in opposition to San Beda.

Oczon’s harm woes additionally piled up as he suffered an ankle sprain early within the first quarter after stepping on Kyle Tolentino’s foot after a shot.

The masked guard remains to be not cleared to play in game two.

Nonetheless, Tiu is aware of physicality is only one a part of the sport. Not backing down in opposition to the defending champion is one in all them.

“We maintain permitting ourselves to get bullied, so we’ve got to man up a bit and play somewhat bit more durable.”

Recreation two of the NCAA Finals occurs on Sunday, 2 pm, at Araneta Coliseum.

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