Despite all the trials and tribulations, RK Ilagan went through last season, head coach Egay Macaraya still tasked him with an important role for NCAA Season 95.
The senior guard was given the role of being one of San Sebastian Golden Stags’ captains for the season.
And it’s an honor that the 22-year-old takes into heart.
“Sa akin, sobrang importante na makabawi ako every game. As in, every game.
“Kasi po alam naman natin yung nangyari last year. Gusto ko bumawi sa tiwala na binibigay sa akin ni Coach Egay at ng buong San Sebastian community,” expressed Ilagan, who cost San Sebastian’s entire first round campaign last year due to being caught playing in an unsanctioned league.
Moreover, he provided a bunch of highlight plays to give the San Sebastian community something to be excited about for the NCAA grind.
“Sobrang importante na makuha namin kaagad yung kumpyansa namin sa unang laro pa lang.
“Unang game pa lang ito pero alam naman na mas matindi pa yung mga makakalaban namin. Kahit sa second round, alam namin na babalikan kami ng JRU kaya importante na makauna na kami,” said Ilagan after San Sebastian’s dominant 82-51 victory.
But beyond his on-court plays, Ilagan also provided a lot of insights on the sidelines for San Sebastian.
During timeouts, he could be seen talking to his teammates and firing them up even if the game was already out of reach.
Admittedly, Ilagan is still growing into his role as being a skipper. But he knows he can do it as it is the primary role of floor generals.
“Opo, may dagdag pressure po talaga. Pero habang tumatagal mas nasasanay na rin po ako kasi yun naman talaga ang trabaho ng totoong point guard e, maging leader ng team.”