LPU’s Alanes: ‘Move forward na lang, people come and go’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 16, 2016 04:58 PM
MOVING ON. Shaq Alanes and Wilson Baltazar assured the Intramuros faithful that LPU will keep marching forward despite all the negativity even before the season gets underway.
One week remains before the beginning of the new season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Lyceum of the Philippines University is yet to name a team captain.
Sources told ABS-CBN Sports that guard Dexter Zamora, widely-assumed to be their leader once the season starts, has been, as of the moment, left out of the lineup. While the suspension is indefinite, coach Topex Robinson said of a reinstatement, “I’m so sorry, but I can’t give any assurances.”
The loss of Zamora, expected to be the steadying hand for them, comes as a big blow to a Pirate squad which just went through a turbulent voyage a season ago. Making things even worse, former Rookie of the Year Joseph Gabayni got himself into a motorcycle and is foreseeably out for the first round.
Asked to react to all the negativity before the NCAA even got underway, fourth-year guard Shaq Alanes expressed, deep, deep down from the bottom of his heart, “Move forward na lang, people come and go. Kung ano yung nandyan, pagkatiwalaan mo na lang.”
He then continued, “Hindi mo na kontrolado yun. Kung anong kontrolado mo, dun ka mag-focus.”
As such, Alanes, last season’s most improved Pirate, is now expected to grow even more into the void Zamora left behind. This, even if he’s only at 80 percent coming off plantar fasciitis that forced him to miss out most of the preseason.
Still, the 22-year-old said he is nothing but ready to take on his new, big role. As he put it, “Ni-prepare ko naman sarili ko sa pagkawala ni Dex. Nag-mature na ako as an individual and kaya ko nang kausapin yung teammates ko.”
Taking on an even newer, bigger role than Alanes is Wilson Baltazar who, all of a sudden, was thrust into the spotlight as the face of LPU.
Echoing his teammates sentiments, however, the softspoken swingman said, “It’s a big responsibility, pero kelangan ko mag-step up. Nangyari na yung nangyari, kailangang ma-build ko yung leadership ko para sa team.”
He then continued, “Ito na yung chance ko na ibigay yung dapat kong ibigay, ipakita yung dapat kong ipakita lalo na mas binigyan ako ng mas mahabang playing time.”
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