Charles Tiu refuses to insist on St. Benilde

It would be nice to enjoy moral victories, but the St. Benilde, Charles Tiu, it’s not like that.

That’s why the soft-spoken mentor isn’t really putting much weight on the Blazers’ gallant stance against Letran on Friday, as they lost the game, 81-75, for their first loss in the NCAA Season 98 senior basketball tournament.

Charles Tiu in defeat to the Knights

“At least we managed to compete against them. They are a good team and they showed why they are champions. But I don’t believe much in moral victories because they don’t count in the classification”, he lamented.

Much of Tiu’s displeasure is rooted in the 24 turnovers CSB committed, some of which came in the late stages of the game.

Add to that the below-average decision making that players had in the clutch that prevented the Blazers from completing their 15-point rally in the third quarter.

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“It was good that we had chances to win this game, but we lost two open trays that could have tied the game, but ganun talaga. We turned the ball too much. I’m disappointed with how we played. They overcame us and played well,” he said.

Tiu widened a few times in the final three minutes of the game, with Letran holding a precarious 77-75 lead, first was a forced layup from Jimboy Pasturan as he was unable to locate an open Robi Nayve.

Worse were the turnovers, with CSB incurring three in the final minute.

Nayve was refereed for a travel violation with 1:11 into the game, Will Gozum was blocked by Louie Sangalang in his drive, and Miggy Corteza’s pocket was stolen when Sangalang dropped the ball from his hands which led to a King Caralipio theft. .

“I really felt that we weren’t mature in this game. Our decisions are so bad, throwing the ball away for no reason and that’s what disappoints me the most,” Tiu said.

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Rather than dwelling on that loss, though, Tiu is taking it as a challenge for the Blazers and even himself, heading into the team’s upcoming missions starting Sunday against the dangerous Jose Rizal University.

“My mindset as a coach is every game, I have to be able to prepare the team to have a chance to win every game we play. It doesn’t matter who we play. We had a chance to win pero kulang par rin,” he said. “We just have to recover. I hope we can still improve.”

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