LSGH found Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan at same place, at same time
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 09, 2018 02:32 PM
Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan came from being opponents to running mates
On the back of three Mythical selections, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills is one win away from the its first-ever back-to-back championships in school history.
Interestingly, this would be historic moment for the boys in green and white may have very well had its origins five years ago and more than 900 km away.
Back in 2013, two players caught the eye of the Junior Blazers coaching staff who were on the lookout for promising prospects in the Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete.
One was Joel Cagulangan who is now en route to hoisting an MVP trophy as well as playing for De La Salle University.
The other? Joshua David – now Cagulangan’s running mate. “Nung Palarong Pambansa po sa Dumaguete, magkalaban kami ni Joel. Central Luzon po ako tapos siya, Northern Mindanao,” he shared.
He then continued, “Natalo po kami nila Joel sa OT. Semis po yun, tapos sila na nag-champion.”
After that Palarong Pambansa, Cagulangan transferred to Manila. A year later, his former foe in David joined him there.
Now, two players who willed their teams to the top spots in the national meet have become a couple of key cogs in CSB-LSGH’s golden age. “Kaming dalawa po talaga ni Joel, nagkakaintindihan sa loob ng court. Ang tagal na po naming magkakilala kaya maganda talaga chemistry namin,” David said.
Cagulangan is, very evidently, now the best point guard in all of high school as his MVP season built on 18.7 points, 7.1 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals averages would attest.
Still, David has been making his own mark with per game counts of 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.4 steals – very well good enough for his first-ever Mythical Team citation.
And until now, the 6-foot swingman has no problems whatsoever flying under the radar. “Ako po, ginagawa ko lang yung role ko. Patuloy ko lang po talaga yung trabaho ko sa loob ng court,” he said.
With Cagulangan already committed to the Green Archers, of course, David only admitted that he would love to continue his career in the collegiate ranks. As he put it, “Lahat naman po kami, sana makapunta ng college.”
For now, though, the 18-year-old has one goal and only one goal in mind. “Ang focus po muna namin talaga is manalo sa NCAA,” he remarked.
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