Letran's Balanza unites all of NCAA as Player of the Week
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 09, 2018 11:21 AM
Jerrick Balanza united all of the NCAA and for that, he is the Player of the Week
Jerrick Balanza did not need to be on the court to make his presence felt for Letran.
In a battle of his own after getting diagnosed with a brain tumor, Balanza served as the Knights' inspiration in their 99-82 win over the Arellano Chiefs last Thursday to stay hot in NCAA Season 94.
For showing tremendous strength in his own battle and serving as an inspiration for his team, the NCAA Press Corps has decided to give the Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award to none other than Balanza.
"Si Jerrick, hindi naman nawala sa team namin yan e. He's still part of the team," said Letran head coach Jeff Napa.
"Kailangan intindihin namin ang health niya, pero yung presence niya sa dugout, sa ensayo, nandun pa rin yun," he added.
Last Friday, Balanza underwent successful operation for the removal of the tumor in his brain. The tumor is now set for biopsy to see if it's benign or malignant.
The operation lasted for four and a half hours and the lanky swingman is now recovering.
It's not only Letran that Balanza united as all of the NCAA also rallied around him, receiving well wishes from rivals and fans alike.
"We wish and pray for nothing but the best for Balanza," said head coach Boyet Fernandez of archrival San Beda.
"It's unfortunate and we wish for his fast recovery," he continued.
For that, Letran skipper Bong Quinto extended his gratitude to all and said that it's amazing to see the league rally around his good friend.
"Kailangan tayo ni Jerrick. Good thing naman na buong NCAA, kahit yung mga kalaban namin, nagkakaisa para makatulong kay Jerrick," said Quinto.
While his operation was successful, Balanza is still in need of assistance to ease off his financial obligations due to his treatment.
For those who wish to donate, here are the details:
Branch: BDO Intramuros
Account Name: Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Inc.
Account Number: 4500003129