Despite a disappointing finish to his collegiate career, San Sebastian star Allyn Bulanadi is now focused to make it into the Philippine Basketball Association.
"PBA - that's my goal," the graduating Stag said after his team bowed out of contention in NCAA Season 95, losing to the Letran Knights in a stepladder knockout game on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-2 swingman ended up as the league's best-scorer in his final year with 20.3 points per game. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, helping the Stags return to the postseason. He's a crafty scorer who gets points in a variety of ways from the floor. His signature performance was a 44-point masterpiece in San Sebastian's final elimination round game to secure the fourth and final seed.
Bulanadi will first make a pitstop in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with the Basilan Steel before hopefully landing a spot in the PBA.
"I already spoke to my manager in Basilan. I might play only a couple of games with them," he said in Filipino. "I'll make the most out of it, that's my promise. Then my goal is to apply for the PBA draft."
Things didn't go as planned for the 22-year-old in his last game as a Stag. In the do-or-die matchup against the Knights, the defense was zoned in on the prolific scorer. He mustered only 15 points on 5-for-17 shooting after facing a myriad of defenders and double-teams.
"It was really tough. I only scored a few, good thing RK (Ilagan) was there" Bulanadi said on the Letran defense as he failed to compliment Ilagan's career-high of 36 points. "We really fell short. There were a lot who rotated on me, left or right there was somebody there. I really had a hard time with the defense."
After facing the difficult defensive scheme of the Knights, Bulanadi plans to continue to hone his game as he proceeds to the next phase of his career.
"For me, that's a different level of competition, more on set plays," he said of the pro game. "They're bigger there. I'm just gonna bulk up a bit and work on my mental preparation."
"I want to thank coach Egay (Macaraya) and all the coaches I've been with in Baste," he went on, mentioning that his game changed a lot since coming from Davao. "Coach Egay really developed me. He didn't leave me us, he was always there for us. I can say that coach Egay is a father figure of mine."
Bulanadi made a name for himself in his final playing year with San Sebastian. He developed into a fearless scorer who can light up from the perimeter or in the paint. And now, he hopes to take his game to the next level. He will have to wait and see whether or not he made a good enough impression in the NCAA ranks.
"I'm not sure. I hope it was good enough," Bulanadi said about his collegiate career. "I slowly gained confidence and I'm pleased with that."