The Art of War: Dela Cruz proves leadership mettle without Amer and Adeogun

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 27, 2015 05:32 PM
Dela Cruz proves leadership mettle without Amer and Adeogun
PROVING HIMSELF. Art dela Cruz powered San Beda College to a season-opening victory against competitive Mapua.

Left by his lonesome by the other members of his triumvirate, Art dela Cruz proved to himself, to San Beda College, and to all that he’s more than capable of carrying the five-time defending champions.

Talking about his 27-point, 17-rebound, six-assist output to more than make up for the absence of Baser Amer (shoulder) and Ola Adeogun (hamstring), the fourth-year forward said, “Alam ko namang maganda yung laro ko para mabuhat yung team.”

However, dela Cruz added, as humble as ever, “Hindi naman mangyayari yun kung hindi rin naman magko-contribute yung teammates ko.”

With their opponents knotting the game at 62 late in the third, dela Cruz spearheaded an 11-1 counter that gained for the Red Lions the 73-63 edge the managed for a season-opening victory.

The San Beda pillar admitted that the absence of his co-leaders definitely pushed him to put his best foot forward in only the first game of the season. “Kelangan ko mag-step up especially wala yung dalawang key players namin. ‘Di naman pwedeng umalalay lang kami sa rookies,” he said.

Despite the all-around stat line and huge 102-89 win against Mapua, dela Cruz said this is far from the Red Lions’ best performance, “’Di ‘to natatapos. Tuloy-tuloy lang ang pag-improve.”

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