NCAA 95: Fran Yu hopes to be for Letran what Chris Ross is for SMB

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2019 08:49 PM
NCAA: Yu hopes to be for Letran what Chris Ross is for SMB
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With Colegio de San Juan de Letran protecting a one-point lead inside the last minute, Wednesday at MOA Arena, it forced San Beda University into a triple try by Calvin Oftana.

The shot hit back rim and in the ensuing rebounding sequence, it was the smallest player on the floor who took possession of the ball.

That was 5-foot-10 Fran Yu who got the board over the likes of Season MVP Oftana and Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua and even teammates and rebounding machines Larry Muyang and Ato Ular.

As it turns out, he was just channeling his inner Scottie Thompson. "Basta naman precious, kailangan naming lahat kunin yung rebound. First half, puro sa kanila rebounds tapos lamang sila tapos nung second half, nakakuha kami ng rebounds at ayun, nanalo kami," he shared, talking about Ginebra's big-bodied guard who makes highlights out of rebounds.

He then continued, "At saka idol ko si Scottie Thompson - malakas mag-rebound."

More than Thompson, though, Yu said he wants nothing more than to emulate San Miguel two-way guard Chris Ross. "Yung pagiging point guard ni Chris Ross, yung wala yung score basta manalo yung team. Siya talaga pinaka-idol ko," he said of the Filipino-American who first made a name for himself as a defensive stopper before rounding out his game.

In the biggest game of his young career, the 21-year-old did just that - scoring just 10 points, but contributing six assists, three rebounds, and three steals.

And for him, he was just doing his best to not let head coach Bonnie Tan down. "Sabi ni coach, kailangan kong may ma-prove sa Letran community. Yung chance na binigay ni coach sa akin, dapat suklian ko," he said.

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