UAAP: Captain Kib doesn’t want his last year to go down the toilet

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 27, 2018 08:03 PM
Captain Kib doesn’t want his last year to go down the toilet
Kib Montalbo was honest enough to admit that he has been playing like shit thus far in UAAP 81

De La Salle University protected its place at solo third by powering through Far Eastern University on Saturday.

In that win, Justine Baltazar topped the scoring column with 15 points, six rebounds, and two blocks while fellow big men Santi Santillan and Brandon Bates also did damage down low with the former finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds and the latter ending with seven markers and 10 boards.

Top gun Aljun Melecio also came on late, scoring all but two of his points in the last two minutes.

However, the first name out of the mouth of head coach Louie Gonzalez in his post-win interview was none of those four. “Actually, I give credit to my seniors and my coaching staff for this game. Kib was trying to put everybody on the same page,” he told reporters.

He then continued, “As a senior, alam niyang napakaimportante ng laro na ito for the team and for him.”

Coach Louie was referring to team captain Kib Montalbo who contributed seven points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.

As it turns out, though, his greatest contribution was in terms of leadership – especially when the Green Archers dug deep in the face of each and every charge from the Tamaraws. “This team needs a leader. It’s a big game e and I know what’s at stake here,” he said.

Indeed, Montalbo did just that and for him, guiding this supposedly rebuilding team is what matters.

That means that he doesn’t mind at all that his per game counts in his last season are 4.3 points in 27 percent shooting. 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.1 steals. “Grace of God lang na nakakalaro pa rin ako cause I’ve been playing like tae,” he said, candidly.

He then continued, “Masama talaga kaya thank you rin kay coach na he still trusts me to be the leader of this team.”

Even so, the Bacolod native said he vows to coach Louie and the faithful over at Taft Avenue that he will only continue capably serving as skipper. “Well, kahit my numbers are down, I make sure that the leadership is still there. I will contribute things that aren’t in the stat sheet,” he said.

At solo third, La Salle has an inside track for one of the highly contested playoff berths.

And as his time in green and white is nearing its end, Montalbo said he will continue doing what he has always done – give his all. “I just want to play for La Salle. I just want to play for La Salle,” he said.

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