Mapua's Orquina fights through flu all the way to 3-Point crown

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2017 04:06 PM
Orquina fights through flu all the way to 3-Point crown
FLU GAME. Almel Orquina was not 100 percent, but still had more than enough to come away with the Three-Point Shootout title.

Almel Orquina was out of action in Mapua University’s last assignment in the first round of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

He wasn’t going to miss out on his first-ever All-Star event, however.

Orquina did more than participate, winning the entire Three-Point Shootout by a wide margin on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

“Medyo nanlalambot pa nga ako, pero buti naka-recover naman,” the second-year swingman told reporters right after he scored 15 in the final round to top runner-up Jack Hao of University of Perpetual Help who had 10 points.

Orquina sat out the Cardinals’ matchup against Jose Rizal University last Tuesday due to the flu. “Nagkasakit po ako kaya ‘di nakapaglaro ng last game. Kakabalik ko nga lang po kanina,” he shared.

And still, the sniper from Intramuros wasted no time in getting back online, tallying 18 points in the preliminary round.

Orquina found himself tied with Hao and the two of them advanced to the final round.

The Alta shot first, but seemingly ran out of gas even though he was being cheered on by fans who came all over from Las Pinas.

The story was different for Orquina who kept finding the bottom of the net. “Ginanahan din ako nung sumisigaw yung fans ng kalaban,” he expressed afterward.

And so, Mapua’s pride dethroned widely-regarded top gunner AC Soberano of San Beda College who failed to make it past the preliminary round.

Rounding out the field were Arellano University’s Brylle Meca, College of St. Benilde’s Matt Johnson, Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Sidney Onwubere, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Jose Rizal University’s Aaron Bordon, Lyceum of the Philippines’ Spencer Pretta, and San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ RK Ilagan.


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