BACK ON THE MOTORCYCLE.
This time a year ago, Michael Calisaan was recovering from a motorcycle accident that caused him to lose three teeth and have three stitches on the bottom part of his face.
Now, there is no doubt that the incoming fourth-year forward stands at the forefront of San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ return to relevance – if head coach Egay Macaraya is to be believed.
“Actually, si Michael talaga kasi yung magiging key namin ngayon,” he has expressed several times as he and his boys impressed in the ongoing 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
And so, Calisaan will need all he can get to prove his coach’s claim correct.
Good thing then that the now 22-year-old gained much more experience earlier in the year as part of championship contending CafeFrance in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. “Yung pag-D-League ko, malaking tulong yun. Nakapag-adjust na ulit ako sa laro ko lalo yung sistema sa D-League tsaka sistema sa Baste, iisa lang,” he said.
He also added, “Malaking tulong talaga lalo na yung binigay na kumpyansa sa akin ni coach kasi nanggaling ako sa disgrasya.”
Calisaan was referring to the unfortunate incident involving the two-wheeler he was riding around his hometown Pampanga last May 2016.
That motorcycle accident robbed the Golden Stag of what should have been his breakout season. “Malaking bagay na nadisgrasya ako last year. Nahirapan ako kasi natatakot ako e,” he shared.
He then continued, “Natatakot akong bumangga. Natatakot akong gumalaw-galaw.”
Indeed, the hesitation showed up in Calisaan’s numbers as he only averaged 10 points on 35.1 percent shooting and 6.5 rebounds – far from what was expected from the widely-regarded King Golden Stag.
A year removed from that, however, the do-it-all wingman is nothing but glad to report that he is all well and good. “Pero ngayon, wala na. Kahit banggain na ako nang banggain, okay na ako. Buti na lang talaga nandyan si coach Egay and sinali niya ako sa D-League kaya tuloy-tuloy pa yung laro ko,” he said.
Still, Calisaan was quick to remind everybody that San Sebastian will not be all about him. As he put it, “Hindi lang ako yung dito sa Baste. Lahat kami, magtutulong-tulong.”
Nonetheless, Macaraya himself was forecasting bigger things for his prized ward for the upcoming NCAA season. “Gusto ko siyang matulungang mapuntang PBA so pina-practice din naming maging playmaker siya. I’m trying to develop him to be a three or a two para in the long run, makumpleto lalo laro niya,” he said.
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