NCAA 95: Ex-Light Bombers making immediate impact for JRU's Srs. squad

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 23, 2019 03:25 PM
Ex-Light Bombers making immediate impact for JRU Srs.
JL Delos Santos and John Amores fueled JRU's drive to a win run in NCAA 95

John Amores, John Delos Santos, Marwin Dionisio, and Thomas Vasquez were the key cogs in the Jose Rizal University High School machine that chugged along all the way to the Final Four last season in NCAA.

Now in Season 95, all four have made their way up to their school's Seniors squad.

And they have wasted no time also being the Heavy Bombers' key cogs as well.

In their victory versus University of Perpetual Help on Tuesday, the four combined for 34 points, 20 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.

More pointedly, John Amores and John Delos Santos turned in the best games in their young collegiate careers with the former finishing with 15 points and four rebounds and the latter ending with seven markers, nine boards, six assists, and three steals.

Of course, first-year head coach Louie Gonzalez could do nothing but be satisfied with the showing of his young guns. "These two guys, coming off a very good showing dun sa last NCAA (Jrs.) season, talagang sky-high yung confidence nila e," he said.

More than those numbers, however, coach Louie could only commend the fight his boys have had. As he put it, "Ang unang ni-check ko pagdating ko, ni-check ko yung character at saka yung attitude ng apat na 'to. Eh nakita kong talagang palaban."

The one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion as an assistant coach was only named new JRU tactician last April. "They really fit sa kung ano yung gusto kong mangyari. Ang pinakaimportante nga dun is right from the start, when I took over, nagkaroon na kaagad ng connection yung Light Bombers sa Heavy Bombers," he shared.

He then continued, "To me, as a head coach, importanteng-importante yung tuloy-tuloy yung program. With how the game is right now, important yung galing isang pamilya na kayo e."

By then, JRU's cupboard, so to speak, was bare - save for four promising prospects who were all set to move up from Jrs. to Srs. "Malaking bagay talaga yung cohesiveness na nila kaya if you notice, maraming oras na magkakasama sila. Magkakakilala na sila nang husto e, alam na nila yung strengths ng bawat isa," their mentor said.

Fast forward three months later and it's looking like the Heavy Bombers' future is secure thanks to the talents they discovered and then developed.

And, without a doubt, those four, would only keep on striving to be better - together. "Malaking bagay po talaga yung familiarity na kasi hindi na kmai naiilang sa bawat isa. Tapos dahil dun, wala na kaming ibang kailangang gawin kundi sumandal sa sistema," Amores said.

Delos Santos could only agree. "Sa akin po, makikinig lang po kami sa sinasabi ng coaches na stick to the system lang. Ang maganda nga po kasi, magkakakilala na talaga kami," he said.

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