Letran’s answer for foreign players? A 6-foot-6 former middle hitter
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 18, 2017 04:52 PM
THE WALLED CITY. Jeo Ambohot is, slowly but surely, emerging as a key cog for Letran.
Nothing but determined to bring home win number one, Colegio de San Juan de Letran knew full well what it needed to do to bring down Emilio Aguinaldo College.
“Gumawa kami ng game plan. Talagang pinag-aralan namin si [Hamadou] Laminou at saka si [Sidney] Onwubere, sa kanila kami nag-concentrate,” head coach Jeff Napa shared. “Alam naman natin na dun magsisimula opensa nila.”
The Knights did just that on Tuesday – in the case of the Cameroonian foreign student-athlete, at least.
Laminou was limited to seven points in one-of-seven shooting while also turning the ball over three times.
Onwubere still posted a 20-point, 17-rebound double-double, but all of it was for naught.
In the end, Letran came away with the 83-80 win. “Nung na-contain na namin yung mga yun, mas dumali na para sa amin,” Napa said.
Much of that containment had to do with second-year center Jeo Ambohot who collected 15 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and a whole lot of active defense on the other side’s Cameroonian center. “Pinagtulungan lang namin talaga. Tinulungan nila ako, tinulungan ko sila kaya na-limit namin (si Laminou),” he expressed post-game, keeping modest.
Still, it was Ambohot and Ambohot alone who stood strong whenever he was up against Laminou. Asked how he did it, he answered, “Stay in front lang at saka hustle.”
As it turns out, he has had much experience with staying in front of his opponent from his youth back in Compostela Valley. “Nung high school, volleyball player po ako,” he shared.
Asked which position he played, he answered, “Middle/quicker po.”
It’s not volleyball that he fell in love with, however. “Basketball po talaga nagustuhan ko,” Ambohot expressed.
Now he’s thriving in his new sport, the 20-year-old he will do nothing short of going all out for his alma mater. “Letran tayo kaya lalaban nang lalaban. Magsisikap tayo para dun,” he said.
That is only good news for the faithful over at Intramuros who are hoping for a return to the Final Four. To them, Ambohot promised, “Alam ko pong kailangang kong punan yung pagkawala ni Jom [Sollano] at Felix [Apreku]. Kaya kailangan ko lang po talagang mag-step up.”
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