Carrying a bigger role now for San Sebastian Golden Stags, forward Michael Calisaan hopes to learn the ropes — especially on defense– from his third head coach of his collegiate career in Egay Macaraya.
Calisaan, stepping up with the departure of their reliable big man Bradwyn Guinto to graduation, paved the way for the Golden Stags in their initial win over College of St. Benilde Blazers, 59-46, in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on Saturday.
The third year versatile forward, visibly more confident and bulkier this preseason, finished with 15 points and 4 boards in a highly defensive duel which the Stags impressively won.
Moving forward from past mentors Topex Robinson and Rodney Santos the past 2 seasons, Calisaan said they are still adjusting under Macaraya’s unforgiving full-court press system with a twice-a-day hard practice.
“Yung adjustment namin ‘yung depensa namin, karamihan yung trap namin tsaka yung press play,” said the former Staglets standout.
But with Calisaan losing his high school partner Rhanzelle Yong to ACL injury, his offensive load has been doubled as they try to return to the Final Four in the NCAA this upcoming season in Macaraya’s first year with the Stags.
“Para sa akin di ko naman iniisip yun, para sa akin sumusunod lang talaga ako sa gusto ni Coach Egay,” stressed Calisaan.
Macaraya replaced former Ginebra guard Santos at the helm after his triumphant run with the Centro Escolar University in SCUAA and Cafe France in the D-League. – By Jason Mercene
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