Jr. Altas now featuring their new super scorer in Emman Galman

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2018 06:45 PM
Jr. Altas now featuring their new super scorer in Galman
Emman Galman makes sure Perpetual will still be in contention from now until the next two years

After a 3-0 start in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, University of Perpetual Help lost nine of its next 11 games.

Still, they remain in contention after a much-needed victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Thursday.

That wouldn’t have been so, however, if not for the efforts of rookie Emman Galman who scattered a career-best 30 points. “Ni-motivate lang po ako ni coach na tumira lang nang tumira,” he said about his breakout game.

All throughout, Galman showcased all of his scoring skills – drilling threes, doing damage inside, and going to the line and converting his chances there.

A long-limbed, 6-foot-2 swingman, he is now taking full advantage of all the chances granted to him – especially as he has now been thrust into the spotlight following the forcing out of former main man Joshua Gallano. “Mahirap din po nung nawala sila, pero unti-unti, naka-adjust din po ako, naka-adjust din po kami,” he shared.

Gallano had per game counts of 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 29.2 minutes of action before being let go due to a disciplinary action.

From there, the Junior Altas put the scoring load on the shoulders of 16-year-old Galman – a responsibility he only welcomed with open arms. “Kailangan po naming mag-step up. Kailangan po naming magtiwala pa rin sa isa’t-isa,” he said.

After all, it wasn’t that too long ago when he was far from the NCAA – and therefore, far from his dream.

Galman was just a tantalizing talent playing in the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLARAA) when Perps assistant coach Ferdinand Ali-Ali found him and offered him a roster spot.

The Bulacan native did nothing but grab the opportunity – not only for himself, but also for his family. As he put it, “Gusto ko rin po kasi matupad pangarap ko tsaka makatulong sa pamilya ko balang-araw. Mahirap lang yung buhay namin dun (sa Bulacan) – driver papa ko at housewife mama ko.”

He then continued, “Nagba-basketball pa nga po ako para magkapera lang at makatulong sa mama ko.”

Now, Galman is shining bright under the bright lights and on the big stage of the NCAA.

And while he and Perpetual only have a boxer’s chance at the next round, he has vowed to just keep going. “Tuloy-tuloy na po ‘to,” he remarked.

Even better for Las Pinas? That statement may be not just for this season, but also for the next two seasons he is still eligible to play.

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