NCAA: No LeBron, no Steph, but Mapua believes balance should be enough

NCAA: No LeBron, but Mapua believes balance should be enough
Mapua leaned on a total team effort for a wire-to-wire win to start the season

Mapua University is off to a strong start in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Cardinals flew higher than home team Jose Rizal University, 72-60, on Thursday even though their top scorer only had 11 points to his name.

That top scorer was Laurenz Victoria and the only other player in double-digits was Warren Bonifacio who had 10 markers.

For head coach Atoy Co, that just proves what he has been saying in the preseason – that Mapua is a starless squad. “Wala naman talaga kaming player na superstar, ‘di ba? Lahat kami, average lang yung player,” he shared with reporters post-game.

That’s just the way the Cardinals want it, though. “I’ve been telling them na talagang everybody has to score. Ayaw ko ng role player na dedepensa lang kaya pag nalibre ka, you should know how to score,” coach Atoy said.

He then continued, “Wala naman tayong LeBron James, ‘di ba? Sana meron tayong Steph Curry, pero that’s what I like about this team, talagang everybody contributes even on defense.”

In the end, that’s just what he got from his boys as they had six players contributing anywhere between eight to 11 points in the scoring column.

And in the end, that’s just the reason why Mapua has a share of the league lead.

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