Player of the Week Quinto is newest Knight in shining armor
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 24, 2017 07:01 PM
MY TURN. The Player of the Week plum is staying in Intramuros - only this time, with Letran and not LPU.
Like a Knight in shining armor, Bong Quinto came to heed the call for Colegio de San Juan de Letran, stepping up valiantly in the forefront of their crucial Final Four rally to earn the Chooks-To-Go NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of August 18 to 24.
Quinto normed 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 30 minutes of action as Letran went 2-0 this week to improve to 7-6, tying Jose Rizal University at third place with just five games to go.
With the Knights' playoff hopes on the line, the 20-year-old rose to the occasion, racking up 20 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in an all-important 84-73 win over Arellano University last Tuesday which finally ended their three-game slide and pushed them back to semifinal contention.
Three days later, the former NCAA Juniors MVP then followed it up with a solid double-double of 20 points and 10 boards to go along two assists in Letran's 88-79 payback against listless Mapua University.
The stretch forward Quinto eclipsed teammate Rey Nambatac, San Sebastian College-Recoletos' Renzo Navarro, San Beda College's Javee Mocon, and Lyceum of the Philippines University's CJ Perez for the weekly citation.
"Number 1 (na difference) ay 'yung leadership ng mga veterans namin - sila Rey (Nambatac), JP (Calvo) at si Bong. Good thing they stepped up and the rookies followed na lang," coach Jeff Napa said on their resurgence.
Indeed, with the bonafide Letranite Quinto leading the pack in their last two huge victories, the Knights are now on a more comfortable haven after lingering outside the Final Four just last week.
Quinto and the rest of the Knights will try to shrug off the chasing Golden Stags who are just riding on their coattails at 6-6 in a gigantic battle on Tuesday.