NCAA: The Braves have just switched on scoring machine Rom Junsay

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2018 07:31 PM
NCAA: The Braves have switched on scoring machine Rom Junsay
Rom Junsay re-introduced himself to the NCAA Juniors big-time with a career game

Rom Junsay won a championship with Mapua High School in 2016.

In 2017, however, he was no longer a Red Robin, and thus, was unable to defend the title.

The 5-foot-6 guard left Intramuros to transfer for Arellano High School in June of last year.

Without a doubt, that decision was not easy. “Sobrang inggit ko nga last season kasi lahat ng kasabayan ko, pumukpok pa rin sila e. Ako, naiwan ako,” he said after he made his debut for the Braves on Thursday.

Indeed, while Junsay was serving a one-year residency for his transfer, former teammates Will Gozum and Warren Bonifacio become MVP and Mythical selection, respectively, while former backcourt rival Joel Cagulangan won the championship and the Finals MVP.

Now he is eligible to play in Season 94, though, the 18-year-old said he wants nothing more than to make up for lost time. “Bumabawi po talaga ako ngayon. Last year na rin kasi kaya binibigay ko na ynug pinaka-best ko,” he shared.

He did just that in his first game for his new team, dropping a career-best 34 points to lead Arellanos’ rally past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-75.

Junsay also delivered the goods when it mattered the most, scoring 24 points in 20 minutes in the second half as he and his team battled back from as much as 21 points down.

For his new mentor, what he did was no longer a surprise. “Alam na naman natin yan. ‘Matic na yan,” head coach Tylon Darjuan said.

Two years ago, the scoring machine averaged a team-best 16 points on top of 3.4 assists, three rebounds, and 1.8 steals for the Red Robins.

Now, in just his first game in blue and grey, he has already proven that he has still got it. “Na-excite ako talaga kasi natigil ako ng one year tapos ginawa ko lang yung best ko. Ginawa ko lang yung sinasabi ni coach na ako yung magdadala, ako yung court general,” he said.

With his debut out of the way, Junsay said he’s only looking forward to finally fitting in completely with the Braves who are determined for a playoff return. “Nag-aadjust pa ako sa bagong sistema, sa bagong kakampi, pero dadating din tayo dun,” he said.

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