Player of the Week Mocon, San Beda peaking at the right time
IN FORM. Javee Mocon has slowly but surely turned into the all-around force everybody expected him to be.
Finishing the eliminations on top for the past decade, San Beda College gave themselves another shot of extending that streak to 11 after beating fellow contenders University of Perpetual Help and Arellano University this past week.
And coach Jamike Jarin has Javee Mocon to thank for, as the 21-year-old consistently performed in those games which also secured the Red Lions a twice-to-beat advantage in the NCAA Season 92 Final Four.
"I just don't want to lose this game. I just played my heart out. I did everything I can to contribute to our win," said Mocon.
Averaging 16.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in those two outings, the 6-foot-3 Mocon was named the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of September 17 to 23.
The Rizal native tallied a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds in San Beda's 84-75 win over Perpetual on Tuesday and followed it up with a 19-point, 15-rebound performance in their 91-81 trouncing of Arellano last Friday. His biggest plays came in the endgame where he staved off the Chiefs' late comeback bid with clutch baskets.
"It’s Arellano and they’re the barometer," said the third-year forward, as he and the rest of Red Lions shift their focus to Tuesday in another rematch with the Chiefs, this time with the number one-seed hanging in the balance. "We’re confident, but we're not overconfident. It’s still Arellano and we know they’re going to come back stronger for the next game," he continued.
Mocon bested Joseph Eriobu of three-seed Mapua Institute of Technology, Arellano's Jiovani Jalalon, Colegio de San Juan de Letran's JP Calvo, and Clement Leutcheu of College of St. Benilde for the weekly citation.