They didn’t win the Championship.
Benilde Blazers coach Charles Tiu gracefully accepted defeat when his team lost to Letran in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Season Finals.
“Tough to put into words the feeling that I have right now. I wanted to win badly for my players and for our school,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
“No one expected the team to make it to the final 4 or get this far especially since the school hasn’t made it in 20 years. But we still believe we could have won. In the end, it wasn’t meant for us. Letran was the better team and they deserved to be the champions,” he wrote of their competitor.
Still, Charles is very proud of his players for “working so hard, for being obedient (for the most part lol) and for their dedication to the team.”
He also dropped a thank you to his coaching staff who shared their “passion and dedication” to help improve the team.
Charles then thanked his family for “supporting me and allowing me to live and pursue my passion.”
He also gave a shoutout to his wife for “being so understanding and patient with me and the life of a coach. And for always being by my side.”
As a last note, he addressed the Benilde and De La Salle community for their support.
“We apologize for falling short and for letting you down. We are sorry we could not bring back the championship. We will just try harder next time,” he promised.