UAAP 82: For FEU's Gonzales and Alforque, iron sharpens iron
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 13, 2019 07:42 PM
(Photos by Arvin Lim)
L-Jay Gonzales and Royce Alforque are Far Eastern University's brand new 1-2 punch at point guard.
With Gonzales running the show as a starter and Alforque running the second unit, the Tamaraws are all set at playmaker in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.
That was no more evident than on Sunday at MOA Arena as Gonzales and Alforque joined forces to see to it that FEU outran and outgunned University of Sto. Tomas.
Way before they could do that, though, the two said they first had to do the work in practice - even if that had to come against one another. "Si Royce, sa training pa lang, bugbugan na talaga kami. Minsan nga, nagkakakalmutan na kami," Gonzales shared.
He then continued, "Pero nandun lang lagi yung samahan namin. Kaya naman namin napapakita yung ganitong laro sa loob kasi sa training pa lang, inuumpisahan na namin."
Alforque only shared the same sentiment. As he put it, "Walang bigayan talaga. Kung papetiks-petiks kasi, walang matututo so sineseryoso namin kasi dun lang kami matututo pareho."
With that, the rookie has no problems whatsoever if he continues to be the backup point guard to FEU's second-year stud. "Jrs. pa lang 'di ba, backup ako ni L-Jay? Ako, blessed ako kasi L-Jay Gonzales yan e - nandyan siya para i-guide ako," the former said.
He then continued, "'Di nakaka-frustrate yung ganito kasi ako naman, nandito lang ako sa likod niya para mag-step up."
Back when they were Baby Tamaraws in 2016 to 2017, Gonzales was the primary point guard while Alforque was the first guard off the bench.
That is also what's happening now they're both suiting up for Morayta's Srs. squad. "Kuya ko yan. Tropa ko yan. Malaking bagay na alam na namin talaga isa't-isa kaya sa game, nagagawa namin yung mga ganito," he said.
For his part, Gonzales said he will only continue to guide his younger backup. "Nakikita ko sarili ko sa kanya e. Palagi ko sinasabi sa kanya, gawin niya lang yung pinapagawa nila coach at pagtiyagaan niya," he said.
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