Montalbo: ‘I’m starting to become La Salle’s leader’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 09, 2016 02:04 PM
Montalbo: ‘I’m starting to become La Salle’s leader’
SEEING THE FUTURE. Kib Montalbo is raring and ready for what will be his new role now that Jeron Teng has graduated.

After winning the school’s ninth championship, De La Salle University will be bidding farewell to team captain Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, and Thomas Torres.

And still, the Green Archers remain confident about a back-to-back.

Why wouldn’t they with head coach Aldin Ayo gunning for what-would-be his first consecutive championships – with the same squad, of course – and Season MVP Ben Mbala still holding down the fort.

More than the two of them, however, Ayo shared his excitement about new names emerging at the forefront of the green and white. “Si Ben, given na yun, if he matures. Kib Montalbo, Abu (Tratter), Prince (Rivero), those guys yung magli-lead sa team na ito,” he said.

For his part, Montalbo, who has emerged as Taft Avenue’s Swiss Army knife, said he is nothing but willing to take on even more responsibility next season. “Ngayon, they have already been modling me, helping me to be a leader. Kahit sa mga seniors ngayon, I still talk (inside the court),” he shared.

He then continued, full of confidence, “I’m starting to become La Salle’s leader and I’m ready for it.”

The pride of Bacolod definitely won’t be alone, however. As Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio said, “Thankful ako sa season na ‘to kasi andami kong na-gain na experience, andami kong natutunan. I’ll use those for next year na wala na si Thomas.”

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