NCAA: John Amores growing into his own for giant-killing Light Bombers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 10, 2018 07:43 PM
NCAA: John Amores growing into his own for Light Bombers
John Amores is the most promising prospect JRU HS has had in a while

Without a doubt, the most improved player in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament hails from Jose Rizal High School.

John Amores is the league’s third leading scorer with per game counts of 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and one steal in 32.4 minutes.

This, after averaging 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.4 minutes of action in his first season a year ago.

Behind him, the Light Bombers are the only ones to have downed both playoff hopefuls Mapua High School and Arellano High School thus far in the tournament. “Pag malakas talaga yung kalaban namin, mas nagpe-prepare pa kami at mas pinaghuhusayan namin,” he said after they took down the Braves on Friday.

Indeed, that could not be more evident than in Amores who scored eight points in what proved to be the pivotal 18-2 push in the last five minutes. “Kumpyansa lang po. Pinapalakas din kasi ni coach [Vic Lazaro] yung loob namin na kaya namin,” he shared.

As it turns out, the now 19-year-old has long had that kind of guts as he took the longer, harder route to get to where he is. “Nagpunta po akong FEU, Mapua, pero na-reject ako. Tapos nag-tryout, nagbakasakali po ako sa JRU at pinalad naman,” he shared.

He then continued, “Na-lineup ako nung Season 93, pero ‘di pa ako masyado nagamit nun. Ngayon pa lang po ganun.”

That patience and perseverance are rooted in his love for his family. “Lagi ko po talagang sinasabi sa sarili ko at sa magulang ko na kaya ko. Para sa kanila po lahat ‘to,” he said.

Without a doubt, all of that is finally paying off for Amores as he is now enjoying a breakout campaign.

Of course, JRU head coach Vic Lazaro was the first to acknowledge all his efforts. “Kitang-kita naman na naka-focus talaga siya masyado. Mula pa lang nung summer, talagang siya na yung binigyan namin ng leadership role,” he said.

With that, the Light Bombers are hoping that their 6-foot-2 swingman ultimately becomes a Heavy Bomber next year. “Kung saan siya masaya, okay sa amin, pero siyempre, mas gusto naming mapunta siya sa Seniors namin,” coach Vic said.

For his part, Amores is only ready and raring to give back to the school that gave him his break. “Kung kukunin po ako ng Seniors, dito na po ako. Dito po ako galing at sila nagbigay sa akin ng chance para makita ako sa NCAA,” he said.

With that still far away, however, for now, he wants nothing more than for JRU to continue its giant-killing ways. “Marami pa kaming gustong ilabas. Kailangan pa naming matalo yung iba(ng team) para makapasok kami ng Final Four,” he said.

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