When his team needed him to lead, JP Calvo answered the call.
After the Letran Knights’ humbling opening game loss to the Perpetual Help Altas, head coach Jeff Napa insisted his veterans to step up and take command. The fourth-year guard took that message to heart as he led the Knights to their first win of the season with an 83-76 victory against the San Sebastian Golden Stags last Friday.
Letran’s ace point guard put up 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting as he steadily controlled his team’s offense in the second half.
Thanks to his offensive prowess but more importantly his leadership, he has been heralded as the second Chooks-To-Go/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week.
“Kasi ang maganda lang dito nagtutulungan kami,” Calvo humbly said about leading the talented lineup of the Knights. “Tinutulungan din nila ako kung paano ko sila dalhin.”
Napa talked to Calvo, along with fellow veteran Bong Quinto, in the hopes of steering the Knights into the right direction.
“Kinausap ko yung dalawang veterans ko,” he shared. “Pinakita ko sa kanila yung bigger picture. Yung teammates nila sumunod naman sila.”
Like a true veteran, Calvo deflected credit of his stellar play to his fellow Knights.
“Sa dulo, sila yung kakapitan ko. Nagtutulungan lang kami,” he said about his teammates.
Calvo edged out Quinto, Ian Alban and Levi Dela Cruz of Arellano, and Yankie Haruna of Saint Benilde for the weekly player citation awarded by scribes from print and online publications covering the beat.