NCAA: The grassroots have become greener for LSGH

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 05, 2018 05:55 PM
NCAA: The grassroots have become greener for LSGH
After two decades without a championship, Joel Cagulangan and CSB-LSGH have a golden opportunity to win back-to-back

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills joined the NCAA in 1998 and didn’t win a championship for two decades.

Last year, they finally broke through, triumphing over then defending champion Mapua High School and taking their first-ever title.

Now, the Junior Blazers have a golden opportunity for back-to-back championships as they are set to meet the Red Robins once more for all the glory.

For head coach Marvin Bienvenida, the past two years have just proven that recruiting tantalizing talents is not the only way to win. “We didn’t really end up having a good set of players. This is all about developing players straight from the grassroots,” he said.

Indeed, in the past three years, the boys from Greenhills have not had a shining stars in the mold of Rivero brothers Prince and Ricci.

Instead, they have featured hardworking players like Troy Mallillin, Joel Cagulangan, and Inand Fornilos who improved year in and year out.

Mallillin worked his way to an MVP just like Cagulangan is en route to working his way to the award for the top individual player. Fornilos’ motor, meanwhile, never stopped chugging and he is well on track to a second straight Mythical selection

Even key cogs such as Joshua David, Makoy Marcos, and Unique Naboa came from out of nowhere.

And so, the fact that it was Cagulangan and David who showed the way in their knockout bout against Jose Rizal University High School means that they have developed into the leaders that CSB-LSGH needs. “The stats show they played well, but the contributions they give in leadership, camaraderie, experience, yun ang mabigat,” coach Marvin said.

With that, the Junior Blazers are nothing but confident they can work their way into another championship.

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