Senegalese Leutcheu at forefront of CSB's rise from heartbreak

Alvin Laqui on Jun 28, 2017 10:23 AM
Clement Leutcheu at forefront of CSB's rise from heartbreak
"Last year was really, really, really hard for us." – College of St. Benilde center Clement Leutcheu on the Blazers’ tumultuous 1-17 season.

For fans of the College of St. Benilde Blazers, last year's 1-17 finish in the NCAA Season 92 men's basketball tournament must have been a tough pill to swallow.

Loss, after loss, after loss, after loss, after loss - you get the point - the Taft Avenue faithful saw their beloved team drop 17 straight straight games before finally racking up a 65-61 victory over Lyceum to dodge the first-ever winless season in the NCAA.

With their lone win coming in their final game of the eliminations, they ended their season on a bit of a high note.

But just imagine how the players felt during the tumultuous four-month stretch of working hard and having nothing to show for it?

For big man Clement Leutcheu, Season 92 was so painful that he vows to do anything in his power to avoid anything remotely close to that feeling ever again.

"We don't want to experience something like that twice in this life," Leutcheu said, shaking his head in realization.

"Last year was really, really, really hard for us.”

Fortunately for Leutcheu and the Blazers, their forgettable season wasn’t entirely for naught.

Beneath the painful experience are lessons learned that the Blazers are looking to tap into this season.

Racking up all those losses were tough, but the Senegalese, who missed a chunk of last season due to a quad injury, had a lot of time on the sidelines to reflect on what the Blazers can do to redeem themselves in Season 93.

“When you have the opportunity to do something, you should always give your best,” he said. “So you would have no regrets after.”

Now “a hundred percent ready” to face the season head-on, Leutcheu plans to use everything he has learned to help the Blazers bounce back.

"We'll be trying to use that as a lesson to move forward. It's going to be a really challenging one for us, so we'll try to make everything better than last year," Leutcheu said.

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