Without a prince, Perps hoping it's still an heir to NCAA 95 throne
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 03, 2019 06:35 PM
Perpetual remains upbeat about its chances even without last season's MVP Prince Eze in an NCAA field that is as wide open as it has been in a while
HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 11-7, fourth-seed, lost to San Beda in Final Four
YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Kim Aurin, Edgar Charcos, Tonton Peralta, Jielo Razon
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Ben Adamos, Jefner Egan, Ramlee Lanoy
GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: AJ Coronel, Prince Eze, Rom Mangalino, Kyt Jimenez (injured)
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM PERPETUAL?
Even though San Beda University lost Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon, Lyceum of the Philippines University lost MJ Ayaay and CJ Perez, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran lost JP Calvo and Bong Quinto, University of Perpetual Help may have very well been dealt the biggest blow of all with the graduation of MVP Prince Eze.
The 6-foot-10 Nigerian was the Altas’ anchor on both ends as they sailed back into the Final Four and set up a triumphant league return for head coach Frankie Lim.
Now, Las Pinas will be missing its tower of power – but the good news is that a ready-made replacement has been waiting in the wings.
Ben Adamos, who stood as a pillar in the Red Lions championship run in Season 92, will now be manning the post for the wine and gold.
“(Adamos and Charcos), yun na ang mga haligi ng team.” – head coach Frankie Lim
Surrounding him will still be the no-nonsense triumvirate of versatile wing Kim Aurin, playmaker Edgar Charcos, and two-way guard Jielo Razon who are all set to carry a heavier burden this time around.
WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM PERPETUAL?
Adamos was as solid as they come when he broke out for San Beda three years ago, but is now ready and raring to display his dominance down low for Perps.
The backcourt of Charcos and Razon, meanwhile, will remain a perfect partnership with the former taking care of ball-handling and play-setting and the latter taking care of shot-making and defending.
More than them, however, head coach Frankie Lim is also looking forward to unleashing a couple of low profile, but high ceiling recruits in scoring wing Jefner Egan and do-it-all guard Ramlee Lanoy.
WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR PERPETUAL?
Perpetual was actually a pleasant surprise a year ago when it took away the fourth and final playoff berth that was widely assumed to go to either College of St. Benilde and San Sebastian College-Recoletos.
Just like last season, nobody is talking about the Altas once more – and that may very well spell doom for them.
Coach Frankie will always, always have his boys competing and there is no doubt that even after losing MVP Eze, Perps will give its all game in and game out.
“We’ll be okay. We’ll be competitive. Lalaban naman ang mga yan.” – head coach Frankie Lim
WHERE WOULD PERPETUAL BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95?
Perpetual remains a contender despite the absence of a foreign student-athlete – and that’s because Adamos is nothing but capable of doing the heavy lifting and he will have a strong support group in Aurin, Charcos, and Razon.
And if Egan and Lanoy are, indeed, as good as advertised, then it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Altas took the place of yet another playoff favorite for the second straight season.
WHEN IS PERPETUAL’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95?
Perps opens a new chapter in its story minus MVP Eze opposite Mapua University on July 9 at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream.
HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NINE OTHER TEAMS IN NCAA SEASON 95:
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