Racal wins second straight Player of the Week for Letran
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 02, 2015 03:30 PM
KEEPING THE FAIth. Kevin Racal's best game so far in the season was the major reason why Letran stayed perfect at 6-0.
Not many people expected Letran to be at the pole position halfway through the first round of NCAA Season 91.
A squad which is welcoming a new coach and a new benefactor, but lacks in height compared to its peers and goes undefeated through six games? Nobody could have really saw it coming.
But how did coach Aldin Ayo and the Knights did it? Through pure grit and individual sacrifices done for the betterment of the team.
And last week, the guy to guide Letran to its latest conquest, a 77-68 conquest over Arellano, was the same person who had doubts written all over him.
Kevin Racal exploded for 24 points, including three treys, and five rebounds as the fifth-year forward posted his best game to date to lead the Knights to a solo first place in the team standings.
"We're so small, I'm using K-Racs (Racal) as a four when he usually plays two or three," said Ayo.
And that was enough for him to take home this week's ACCEL Quantum-3XVI/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week award.
Averaging 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists before his impressive outing against the Chiefs, Racal has slowly regained his old form after suffering an ACL injury last year.
But in the Knights' game against last season's runner-up, he finally showed the Kevin Racal the Letran fans know, a vital part in Letran's system of controlled madness which has proved to be unbreakable so far this season.
"I'm blessed that he just accepts what role is given him and never complained nor whined about it," Ayo said of Racal.
Racal edged teammate Rey Nambatac, San Beda's Art dela Cruz, Mapua's Allwell Oraeme and Emilio Aguinaldo College's Francis Munsayac for the weekly plum presented by ACCEL Quantum 3XVI.