Seriously, where would LSGH be without Joel Cagulangan?

Seriously, where would LSGH be without Joel Cagulangan?
LEADER OF THE BAND. Joel Cagulangan, by his lonesome, has won five games for CSB-LSGH in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills is back in the Finals of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament.

For the first time in four years, the Junior Blazers will have a chance at winning their very first championship.

For Inand Fornilos, who posted 16-point, 18-rebound double-double in their conquest of dynastic San Beda High School, Joel Cagulangan was the difference between the two teams – and the difference for the boys from Greenhills throughout the tournament. “Kung wala siya, ewan na lang kung saan kami ngayon. Isa talaga siya sa puso ng team,” he said

He then continued, “Pag wala siya, parang magiging imposible. Pag nandun siya, kayang-kaya.”

And it wasn’t the first time the five-foot-eight point guard has played big.

In the eliminations, he has won for them three games by his lonesome.

In Game 1 of the semifinals, against the Red Cubs no less, he had 27 points, six rebounds, and five assists as CSB-LSGH. “Last game, parang natulala na nga lang kami e,” Evan Nelle, his backcourt counterpart, said.

Cagulangan was at it again in Game 2, dropping 29 points to go alog with nine assists, nine rebounds, and two steals. “Ang galing, grabe. Ang hirap i-stop. Game plan namin, siya lang din, pero ang galing e,” Nelle said.

He then continued, “Contested naman lahat ng shots niya, pero sumu-shoot pa rin.”

This, all while playing 52 of the 55 possible minutes in the triple-overtime classic.

And for the Junior Blazers’ head coach, this was just the start for their main man. As he put it, “He’s just getting better and better. We haven’t seen the best of him yet.”

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