Stat sheet-stuffing Montalbo is Player of the Week

Stat sheet-stuffing Montalbo is Player of the Week
WHAT DON'T KILL ME. Player of the Week Kib Montalbo called his ACL injury a year ago a "blessing in disguise."

Kib Montalbo is grateful for the opportunity to flourish under new coach Aldin Ayo as De La Salle University continue to dominate the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

A year after being sidelined with an ACL injury, Montalbo showed why he’s a major contributor in the Green Archers’ unbeaten run during Saturday’s victory versus Adamson University.

Montalbo had 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals to help power the Taft-based team to a 91-75 win that gave them a 5-0 record. With it, they are two victories shy of sweeping the first round.

His performance earned him the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors, becoming the third straight Archer to earn the citation after Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng.

“It’s a blessing in disguise,” Montalbo said, referring to the injury which he suffered prior to last season’s UAAP campaign. “I’m really happy that I’m back on the floor, especially sa system ni coach. I really like that pace, yung magulo. And whatever my role is, I’ll accept it.”

Ayo is pleased that the five-foot-nine pride of Bacolod City is thriving under his game plan that focuses on implementing a stingy defense known as “Mayhem.” “Si Kib naman, steady,” said Ayo. “He prioritizes defense, yung mga intangibles. He just goes with the flow and executes on offense.”

Montalbo won the weekly honor over teammate Mbala, Far Eastern University’s Monbert Arong, and Ateneo de Manila University’s Anton Asistio.

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