Belangel trying his best to become Eagletsí long-lost leader
AT LONG LAST. Only a junior, SJ Belangel is already at the forefront of Ateneo's contention.
As early as the end of last season, coach Joe Silva named SJ Belangel team captain of Ateneo de Manila High School.
This, in only Belangel’s first year as a Blue Eaglet.
This, even though Belangel has two more years left in the Juniors.
Now officially the team captain of the kids from Katipunan, the 17-year-old is not mincing words regarding the tall task ahead of him. “Mahirap kasi last year, nandyan pa sina kuya Jolo (Mendoza). Kumbaga, off the bench and support lang ako nun,” he shared.
He then continued, “Ngayon, if magkamali ako, siyempre yung iba, susunod din. So dapat tama gagawin ko para susundin nilang lahat yung tama kong ginagawa.”
The junior’s captainship hasn’t exactly gotten off to the best start. Following a season-opening win, Ateneo suffered three straight setbacks.
However, those trifecta of losses came at the hands of Nazareth School of National University, Far Eastern University-Diliman, and Adamson High School – all considered to be contenders.
After that rocky road, the Eaglets came back with a vengeance and came back on the win column last Saturday – none more so than Belangel who tallied a triple-double of 10 points, 12 assists, and 12 rebounds.
Even with the 2-3 record, coach Joe Silva is nothing but appreciative of how his team captain is doing his best to show the way. “In all fairness to SJ, he’s trying. But you have to remember that SJ still has one more year and ang nature ng bata talaga, they look up to their seniors,” he shared.
He then continued, “So it’s really a work in progress. Credit to him na he’s trying.”
Indeed, on and off the court, the voice of the young Belangel can be heard rallying his teammates. “Kailangan na talagang maging vocal. Kahit konting mali lang, dapat ma-correct na agad,” he expressed.
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