Alolino makes it two Player of the Week nods in a row for NU
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 09, 2015 12:39 PM
ON A ROLL. Gelo Alolino has led NU into playing their best basketball in the season as they push for the playoffs.
Defending champion National U has pumped life to its Final Four hopes, with veteran playmaker Gelo Alolino leading the way.
The 6-footer Alolino came through with his finest offensive performance, powering the Bulldogs to a crucial victory over reeling host University of the Philippines last Sunday and into the top four of the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament.
Alolino sizzled with a career-best 26 points, 12 of them coming in the payoff canto, on top of 10 rebounds and three assists, enabling the Bulldogs to hold off the Fighting Maroons 75-69 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
That offensive explosion came on the heels of Alolino's all-around outing in their 81-73 win over La Salle last October 28, scattering seven points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The notable exploits of Alolino helped NU improve to 6-7 and move up to fourth spot after La Salle suffered its third straight setback, a 62-73 decision against archnemesis Ateneo, causing it to drop to a 5-7 mark.
“There is no special game plan, we just executed our defense well. Our defense turned out to be our offense as well,” said Alolino, who earned the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors.
“We made stops and we made easy baskets on transition. Credit to my teammates for finding me, when I’m open," he added.
“Everybody wanted to win the game and that’s everybody’s mindset. Coach Eric (Altamirano) gave me the responsibility, that’s why I need to deliver,” added Alolino. “If there are players who can score, they also have a chance to deliver.”
NU head coach Eric Altamirano also praised the hardwork displayed by Alolino.
“Imagine he is our point guard and yet he is the one scoring for us. I know it is a big responsibility but he’s living up to it,” Altamirano said about his fifth-year veteran.
Alolino bested Cameroonian Pape Sarr of Adamson University, Clark Derige of University of the East, Karim Abdul of University of Santo Tomas, Adrian Wong and Von Pessumal of Ateneo for the weekly individual award given by sports scribes from national dailies and online portals.