NCAA: Cagulangan continuing to lead by example for Jr. Blazers
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 31, 2018 04:51 PM
Joel Cagulangan is both the engine and the fuel that keeps CSB-LSGH going
Already a champion, already a Finals MVP, already a Mythical selection, and already committed to the college of his choice, it looks like there is nothing much left to do for Joel Cagulangan in his last season in the NCAA Juniors.
That’s far from the truth for the main man of College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, however.
For him, his last season will be all about leading the Junior Blazers in their title defense.
And in that regard, there is much still to do. “Sa ngayon, dine-develop ko pa lang yung pagiging laging vocal on and off the court,” he said.
Now in his third and final year in the NCAA Juniors, Cagulangan has never been one whose voice could always be heard on the court – even more so, off of it.
While he is well aware that being vocal is the only thing lacking in his game, he is also well aware that time and again, he has proven he can lead by example.
That was just the case on Tuesday when CSB-LSGH was put under siege by vastly improved Jose Rizal High School.
The graduating guard was held scoreless after the first two quarters, going 0-for-7 from the field, as they saw the Light Bombers mount a lead of as much as 16 at the midway mark of the third period.
From there, however, Cagulangan, simply put, went off, and scored 31 points in 28 minutes – 13 coming in the final frame of regulation and five coming in the two extra periods.
As it turns out, aside from the double-digit, something else detonated the ticking time bomb that was the 5-foot-9 scoring dynamo. As head coach Marvin Bienvenida put it, “Napadugo siya e. Sumabog ang labi.”
Coach Marvin may have been referring to Cagulangan’s collision with JRU’s Vince Icban wherein the latter’s hand inadvertently hit the former’s lip.
That only toughened up the De La Salle University-commit. “Pag nasusugatan, lalong tumatapang,” his mentor said.
Now he has led the Junior Blazers to another comeback win, Cagulangan is nothing but confident they are on track for their ultimate goal. “Siyempre, ang gusto lang namin, yung mag-back-to-back. Sa dami kasi naming ga-graduate, mas magandang mag-iwan kami ng back-to-back para sa LSGH,” he shared.
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