NCAA: Jr. Altas dismiss main man Joshua Gallano, two others

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 05, 2018 07:51 PM
NCAA: Jr. Altas dismiss main man Joshua Gallano, two others
Perpetual will now be missing the services of double-double machine Joshua Gallano

University of Perpetual Help’s rise in the NCAA Juniors has come to a stop before it can even get going.

Top scorer and rebounder Joshua Gallano will no longer be playing for the Junior Altas along with two other teammates after the violated house rules. “Out for the season na sila. Meron silang disciplinary action kasi they’re not following the rules of the school,” head coach Mike Saguitguit said.

According to sources, the three players were dismissed from the team after they failed to follow the curfew in effect in their dorm in Las Pinas.

Gallano has been Perps’ main man with per game counts of 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 29.2 minutes of action.

The burly forward is the 10th-best scorer and fourth-best rebounder in the league.

Now, he will be unable to wrap up his last season in the NCAA Juniors.

Meanwhile, Jasper Coloma and Ezekiel Agbayani have merged for averages of 5.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.

Still, Perpetual is firm with its decision that it hopes will re-emphasize to its student-athletes the need for discipline. “Malaki yung pagkakawala ni Gallano, pero naging maganda rin ang nangayri kasi na-realize ng mga player na it’s not all about basketball. Naging maayos lalo yung samahan nila dahil dun,” coach Mike said.

Nonetheless, the development comes as a big blow for a Junior Altas side which was the most surprising squad in the earlygoing of the tournament.

In fact, they were off to a 4-1 start before cooling down.

Now at the end of the first round, they stand at 5-4 and will need the likes of Emman Galman and Ezdel Galoy to step up even more now that Gallano is no longer with the team.

The good news is that, in the eyes of the coaching staff, that is already happening. “Last two games na nawala yung tatlo, parang gumanda rin naman yung takbo. Nakita ko yung ibang players na nag-step up,” their mentor shared.

ABS-CBN Sports has been trying to get in contact with the dismissed players, but is yet to get a response as of press time.

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