NCAA 95: Fran Yu will drive Letran to the title says Tenorio
Paul Lintag on Nov 18, 2019 04:44 PM
As the Finals moves to a deciding Game 3, LA's message still stands. If the Knights are to regain the NCAA championship, Fran Yu will lead them there. (Photo by Josh Albelda)
LA Tenorio knows a thing or two about point guards leading a team to the championship.
And for the Ginebra star and current assistant coach for Letran, Fran Yu will be the driving force if the Knights are to knock off San Beda for the NCAA Season 95 championship.
The spitfire Yu almost did just that in Game 2 last week, putting Letran in position to sweep the champion Red Lions.
Unfortunately, untimely cramps cut off Yu's momentum and the former Palarong Pambasa MVP ended his magical performance with 23 points, five assists, and two rebounds as the Red Lions pounced on his absence to force a 1-1 tie in a best-of-3 series.
"Nag-cramps nga lang siya. Sayang lang," Tenorio said of Yu.
"We really need him, especially the endgame to control the game. Siya talaga eh. Sa kaniya talaga nagsisimula eh, pag nagsimula sa kaniya, nahahawa yung buong team. He’s the barometer of the team," he added.
Tenorio missed Game 2 as he had to play for the Gin Kings in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.
But before Game 2 of the Finals, he singled out Yu via text message saying the 5'10" guard should take charge for Letran.
Yu was sensational for a stretch that bridged the third and fourth quarters in Game 2, allowing the Knights to take over despite a huge 18-3 start by San Beda. With Yu's work, Letran was one lay-up away from the championship.
As the Finals moves to a deciding Game 3, LA's message still stands. If the Knights are to regain the NCAA championship, Fran Yu will lead them there.
"Parang naisip ko lang na i-text siya. Out of nowhere, tinext ko siya kanina na siya yung magdadala ng team to the championship, not our veterans. He’s the point guard, he’s going to lead this team to the championship," Tenorio said.
"Yun yung sinabi ko sa kaniya, tinext ko siya na siya ang magdadala, I want him to get the ball every time, especially kapag nagkakagulo. He’s a crucial part of our team, no doubt," LA added.
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