MANILA, Philippines – Former San Sebastian College star Allyn Bulanadi vows to work even harder after failing to make it to the Philippines' 12-man roster for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers.
Bulanadi, a Mythical 5 selection in his final NCAA season, graciously accepted the decision and expressed his confidence that the 12 players picked by interim coach Mark Dickel can get the job done.
"Ayos lang naman, kasi tiwala naman ako sa mga kasama ko eh. Tsaka siyempre, for the good ng team. Kaya ko namang mag-step down para sa team, para sa ikabubuti," he said.
Moreover, this will only fuel Bulanadi in his quest to be included in the final roster for future tournaments.
"Ganoon pa rin sa ensayo," he said. "Wala namang pagbabago."
"Siguro, kailangan ko pumukpok, tsaka kailangan ko lang, kung pwede triplehin ko 'yung effort ko, gagawin ko para makuha ko 'yung spot sa taas," he promised.
According to Dickel, Bulanadi was among the toughest cuts he had to make as the lanky swingman had impressed him during their practices.
"There's a lot of tough decisions, like Allyn Bulanadi," Dickel said after Wednesday's practice at the Meralco Gym. "I thought that he was so good in practices. That was a hard decision."
But Dickel also said that Bulanadi's time will come, and that is something that inspires the player to keep trying.
"Sa akin lang, 'di naman ako mapapagod na magpakitang gilas sa kanila," Bulanadi said. "Sa akin lang, gagawin ko 'yung anong dapat kong gawin para sa team."
Making the cut were seven PBA players led by Kiefer Ravena and Troy Rosario, as well as five amateurs including Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto.
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