NCAA 95: Amsali thrilled with chance to be champion in two leagues, two schools

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 05, 2019 06:34 PM
Amsali has chance to be champ in two leagues, two schools
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San Beda High School is into the Finals of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

And with two more wins, the Red Cubs will wrap up a dominant championship - their first since 2015.

This, after a sorry campaign a year ago where they won the first game against twice-to-beat Mapua High School only to succumb in the second.

Of course, the rise of Justine Sanchez, Yukien Andrada, and Tony Ynot have been a big boost to the turning of the tides for the red and white.

Also, so has the entry of Rhayyan Amsali.

Make no mistake, though, Amsali is no main man - even though his notable numbers say otherwise. "Ako po, 100 percent, naglalaro lang ako sa sistema ni Coach Manu," he said, referring to youthful mentor Manu Inigo.

At the same time, though, the longtime high school standout is also ready and raring to take charge for San Beda when need be. As he put it, "Sabi rin ni coach, kahit work as a team kami, may time talagang aasahan niya akong may kailangang gawin. Dahil dun, lagi ko lang iniisip na kung ano mang kulang, yun lang ginagampanan ko."

In doing his best to do it all for San Beda, the 19-year old has put up per game counts of 17.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.6 steals - more than enough to thrust him to the very front of the MVP race.

Unfortunately, because he was levied a one-game suspension for an "illegal action," as per league rules, he is ineligible to win individual awards.

That is no longer on the mind of Amsali, however. "Ngayon po, wala na po talaga sa akin yun. Gusto lang namin talaga is mag-champion," he said.

He then continued, "Ginawa ko lang po siyang positive kasi para sa team naman lahat ng ginagawa namin."

With that, the 6-foot-3 forward is certain to go all-out as he tries to get into an elite company of players to win championships in two different schools in two different leagues.

Before his time with the Red Cubs, Amsali won one championship with Nazareth School of National University in the UAAP Jrs.

Still, Amsai made it clear that his first and foremost hope is to bring back the title to Taytay. "Gutom na gutom kaming lahat kasi matagal nang 'di nagcha-champion yung Beda Jrs.," he said.

He then continued, "Gusto naming i-prove na kayang-kaya naming magtuloy-tuloy."

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