Arellano's Flores prays for strength, proceeds to get better of Oraeme
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2016 08:07 PM
YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND. Lervin Flores was at the forefront of Arellano's triumphant return into the Final Four.
Lervin Flores turned in his best game of the season just when Arellano University needed it – up against Allwell Oraeme and Mapua Institute of Technology in the Final Four.
The rookie-transferee did most of the heavy lifting in the Chiefs’ convincing victory versus Mapua Institute of Technology. Posting 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three rebounds, he played reigning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Oraeme to a stalemate.
Nothing but appreciative of his big man, Jiovani Jalalon said, “Thankful ako na nag-step up siya.”
Coach Jerry Codinera was of the same mind in saying, “He’s always there. Sabi ko lang, wag mawawala ang rebounding and try to contain Oraeme.”
The Nigerian powerhouse still had 20 points and 24 rebounds, but he was the lone post presence for the Cardinals who were outworked on the boards, 60-46. They also gave up a whopping 100 attempts all thanks to 32 offensive rebounds.
For his part, Flores deflected all credit back to a higher being. As he put it, “Ang masasabi ko lang, nagpe-pray lang ako na bigyan ako ng malakas na katawan ni Lord.”
Along with that, the Pampanga native also recognized the efforts of his coaches. “Yung mga coaches ko, lagi akong tinuturuan kaya ginagawa ko yun best ko para makuha namin yung championship,” he said.
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