After two years in the lockdown, the interest in going out and playing did not hide the permanent support. Outside the gate, it spins over a Jose Rizal side that is still trying to get into the vibe and post a one-sided victory to return to the NCAA Season 97 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Altas was all over the court, jumping heavy bombers with an unforgiving full-court press as La Salle fired their guns from all sides for a 77-56 win at the Greenhills Gym on Tuesday.
“It simply came to our notice then [lopsided] The result, “said Myk Saguiguit, who took over as head coach after serving as Frankie Lim’s deputy in the off-season. “Maybe the boys are too excited to play; It’s been two years and this is the first chance they get [to see action]”
The prospects look bright for Altas, whose last Final Four appearance was under Lim in 94 seasons. They have not won a championship since joining the league in 1984 but reached the final with final PBA star Bong Hawkins in 1989 and again in 2004.
The first win came after returning to Lyceum 79-68 in the second game at St. Benil, as Robbie Naive and AJ Benson helped free the Blazers from the first half for a bounce-back victory after a 64-61 defeat. The hand of defending champion Lateran Knights in the opener.
“It’s a good win for us after the last game because there we finally broke up,” said Will Gojum, an experienced blazer in the Filipino.
Nayve was injured with 17 points, while Gozum and Benson got 15 and 11 points respectively.
Forever, meanwhile, has shown his strong backcourt in Kim Orin and Xilo Regen, who have taken care of their free-flowing crime. Orin finished with 20 points, including five three-pointers that came in the first half, while Rezen had 13.
But Altas is more than just a two-member squad.
“Our strength now is the relationship between the players and the coaches,” said Saguiguit in the Filipino.
The last time Altas had a marquee guard was in 2014 when their future PBA superstar was Scotty Thompson. INQ
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