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Napa finds no consolation in Letran’s fiery comeback: ‘We played terribly’

/ 06:01 PM September 11, 2018

Letran coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Letran’s blistering run that wiped out a 22-point lead by San Beda in the last six minutes of the game wasn’t enough to compensate for how it played the first three quarters and a half quarters.

After all, the spirited comeback doesn’t take away the fact that the Knights still wound up on the losing end.

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There are no positive takeaways as far as Letran coach Jeff Napa is concerned as his squad slipped to fourth place.

“No one will remember any silver lining that we came back in the game,” Napa told reporters in Filipino. “Winning is what’s important and what everyone will remember is what we did in the first three quarters.”

“We played terribly. Like I said in the dugout, we made a fool out of ourselves.”

Napa said his players lacked effort and commitment to win the game.

“Our effort and commitment were nonexistent. We did not lose the game because of the numbers. You can’t teach desire, it’s up to you if you want to do it or not,” he said after Letran dropped a 74-68 decision.

Forward Bong Quinto and guard JP Calvo spearheaded the Knights’ rally.

Quinto scored 19 points, 13 coming inside the final six minutes while Calvo tallied six of his 16 in the final frame.

Napa, who has still yet to beat San Beda since transferring to Letran in 2016, took the blame for his players’ deficiencies.

“I take full responsibility for this loss. My players did not deliver and it’s all my fault.”

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Letran tries to bounce back against College of St. Benilde on Friday.

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