UAAP 82: Aldous Torculas is foundation of future UPIS is trying to build
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 06, 2020 06:20 PM
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)
After 400 days, the University of the Philippines Integrated School is a winner again.
The Jr. Maroons won for the first time in 20 games last Wednesday and just narrowly missed the ax of a winless season.
State U was actually on the verge of a massive meltdown until Aldous Torculas saved the day.
Torculas, a 6-foot-4 workhorse forward, isn't really known for his outside shot, but as he has done all year long, just gave whatever UP needed from him. "Hindi po yun yung play. Inikot lang namin yung bola tapos nag-screen po ako," he shared through chuckles while recalling his pleasant surprise of a win-sealing three.
He then continued, "Pinasa pabalik sa akin ni Ray (Allen Torres) tapos tinira ko lang po with confidence."
The ball kissed the ring before falling down through the net and not long after, the Jr. Maroons were celebrating the end to a 19-game losing streak dating back to last season. "Rookie year ko po ngayon. Ayokong mag-end ang rookie year ko na walang panalo," Torculas said.
While the maroon and green is, of course, far out of the playoff picture, that big shot may very well not be the last image everybody will have of the 16-year-old this season.
After stuffing the stat sheet for per game counts of 11.6 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.3 blocks, Torculas remains a strong candidate for the Mythical Team - as he already ranked fourth at the end of the first round.
Whatever qualms there may be about a player from a one-win team getting recognized as one of the five best, UP's impact rookie says he pays them no mind. "'Di ko po sila papakialaman. Kung ganun man maisip, wala sa akin kasi I just play my game," he shared.
He then continued, "Kung may award man, para lang din sa team namin yun."
Without a doubt, Torculas is confident about all the work he has put in. "Lahat po ng ginagawa ko, wino-work ko po. Ako po kasi, lagi kong china-challenge sarili ko," he said.
After all, Torculas is just making sure to make the most of his golden opportunity in the big leagues. "Malaking achievement po ito lahat para sa akin. Nag-start lang po ako sa kalye-kalye sa Malabon tapos ngayon, ganito na," he said.
Even better for the Jr. Maroons, their do-it-all weapon says this is only the beginning. "Babalik po kami next season na mas malakas. Kumpleto po kami kaya lalaban po kami lalo," the current Grade 10 student said.
Indeed, with Torculas, Torres, and Jordi Gomez de Liano back for more a year from now, State U will be a squad to watch.
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