After career-best, Abu Hijleh snares NCAA Jrs. Player of the Week
INSIDE PRESENCE. Sam Abu Hijleh has stood as the pillar for San Beda's try for a historic eight-peat.
A key cog for already three years in the San Beda High School machine that can claim to be the reigning and defending seven-time champions, it was only last Tuesday when Sam Abu Hijleh posted the most impressive individual numbers among all players.
Imposing his will on the smaller and leaner San Sebastian College-Recoletos frontline, the veteran big man powered his way into a 30-point, 14-rebound double-double
The Red Cubs’ opponents had no answer for Abu Hijleh right from tip-off as he scored 16 points in the first quarter alone to build for San Beda the lead they would keep until the final buzzer.
Three days later, the hefty center fell short in sustaining the momentum from his career breakthrough, but still wound up with seven points and 13 rebounds as the Cubs remained perfect through seven games.
For the most dominant day in his young career all while leading his team onto a share of first-place, Abu Hijleh has been recognized as the NCAA Juniors Player of the Week from July 24-30.
Someone who isn’t surprised that his team captain is making a case for MVP is San Beda coach JB Sison. “Si Sam naman, ginagawa lang niya yung kelangan niyang gawin. Ganun lang talaga ang mae-expect natin sa kanya,” he said.
A close second in the deliberations as Player of the Week was Arellano High School’s Carlo Abadeza who had his own monster numbers of 31 points and 13 rebounds last Tuesday. Abu Hijleh’s powerful first quarter and 2-0 record in the week proved to be the difference between them, however.