NCAA: Why wasn't Joel Cagulangan ever in Batang Gilas?

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 21, 2018 07:47 PM
NCAA: Why wasn't Joel Cagulangan ever in Batang Gilas?
Against dangerous Arellano, Joel Cagulangan yet again proved why he's the top point guard in all of high school

Joel Cagulangan was ranked the top point guard in all of high school in the NBTC 24 a year ago.

There, he stood alongside the likes of Kai Sotto, SJ Belangel, and Will Gozum.

Unlike those three, however, Cagulangan has never worn the flag in international competition.

Just why is that?

The 18-year-old said he himself doesn’t know – because he has never been contacted by Batang Gilas. “Wala naman po akong narinig na ni-contact nila ako o sila coach,” he shared.

He then continued, “Gusto ko po sana (mag-Batang Gilas) kaso mas gusto ko mag-focus sa NCAA.”

Cagulangan has been doing just that in the ongoing Season 94, leading College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills to the top spot in the standings in its title defense.

And on Friday, he turned in a 38-point masterpiece, a career-best in scoring to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Through it all, the graduating guard reminded everybody that he is a scary sniper as all but two of his points came from behind the arc. “Sabi kasi ng coaches na off lagi ang shooting ko so after (ng talo namin) sa Mapua (last Tuesday), shooting lang nang shooting. Buti, nagkakumpyansa ulit,” he shared.

Indeed, Cagulangan took that loss, just their second of the season, to heart and did his all to make sure his team bounced back.

And more than his career performance, he was happy to see total team effort. “Mas magandang feeling talaga na buong team yung nag-contribute,” he expressed.

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