Neil Tolentino bringing his attitude to greener pastures in DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 19, 2018 07:32 PM
Neil Tolentino bringing his attitude to DLSU
Neil Tolentino is bringing his all-heart, all-out game to DLSU

Colegio de San Juan de Letran was the most pleasant surprise for all of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament a year ago.

Expected to be rebuilding, the Squires instead fought hard each and every game and found themselves as the unlikely third-seed in the playoffs.

The leader of that scrappy squad was, without a doubt, Neil Tolentino.

While his per game counts of 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while tirelessly playing 28.1 minutes did not jump out at anybody, it was his intangibles that made him a valuable piece of that contending team.

The 6-foot swingman will never be the strongest, fastest, or most skilled, but he will also never be beaten out in terms of heart and hustle.

That attitude now makes him a much welcome addition in the new era in De La Salle University.

Tolentino revealed to ABS-CBN Sports on Thursday that he has chosen to continue his career in Taft Avenue. “Sa La Salle na po ako maglalaro. Gusto kong makatulong sa kanila dun,” he said.

His never back down attitude has always been his calling card from his time in Nazareth School of National University and then to his transfer to Letran.

With that, he has gotten inside the heads of the likes of Aljun Melecio, Jolo Mendoza, Evan Nelle, and Clint Escamis.

Now, defensive stopper Tolentino will be teaming up with offensive dynamo Melecio to help Louie Gonzalez in his first year as head coach.

And so, the Taft-based team should only expect to get a whole lot of attitude. As Tolentino put it, “Yung tapang, ‘di naman nawawala sa sarili yun e. Dadalhin ko yun saan man ako pupunta.”

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