NCAA: Muyang, Fajarito give Letran reason to look up
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 27, 2018 04:42 PM
For the first time in recent memory, Letran can no longer be called undersized
Now in his third season in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Jeff Napa finally has a team he can call his own.
That means that the Knights have a big, big lineup – just how their head coach likes it.
Coach Jeff won several titles in the UAAP Juniors by discovering and then developing bigs such as Mark Dyke and Justine Baltazar.
And so, he knows full well the importance of a big, big lineup. “Ever since naman, kahit naglalaro ako o kahit nung sa high school ako (coach), mahirap maglaro na wala kang big man. Kailangan talaga, kahit hindi naman nagdo-dominate, pero role player na bigs para mag-complement sa guards mo,” he shared.
He then continued, “Yun ang naging problema namin last years so in-address namin. Naniwala sa akin itong dalawa at nagtiwala din sila sa Letran. Siguro, give-and-take lang kaya sinuklian nila yung binigay na opportunity ng school.”
Coach Jeff was referring to Larry Muyang and Christian Fajarito who had transferred from De La Salle University and College of St. Benilde, respectively.
Those two, alongside Gilas cadet Jeo Ambohot and veteran Christian Balagasay, have given Letran a frontline that stands not an inch shorter than 6-foot-5.
Those two also did the heavy lifting as the Knights grounded Jose Rizal University on Friday for their first winning streak in the season.
Muyang ended with 14 markers, nine boards, and three assists while Fajarito finished with his own 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.
According to Muyang, he’s merely making the most of his second chance – two years after his unceremonious exit from Taft Avenue. “Para sa akin, nahanap ko na yung home ko. Nandito kasi si coach Jeff na nagbigay sa akin ng kumpyansa,” he said.
He then continued, “Dito ko na nakikita yung future ko kay coach Jeff at sa Letran.”
Nonetheless, coach Jeff said he wants much more from Muyang and the rest of his frontline. As he put it, “Marami pa rin siyang kailangang i-improve. Ayoko ring makuntento sila sa ganitong sitwasyon so kailangan pa ring mag-doble effort pa rin sila.”
He then continued, “Kailangang mag-all out pa rin kami every game, every practice kasi pabigat nang pabigat ang kalaban namin.”
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