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Gyle Montano steps up when Lyceum needed him most

In Friday’s 86-82 victory over the top team, Mapua University, Patrick Montano stepped up to give Lyceum of the Philippines University a timely boost.

The 23-year-old, second-year wing from Lyceum was averaging just 4.55 points and 2.36 rebounds in 14:59 minutes of play before Friday. However, as his squad battled with the Cardinals for control over the top of the standings, Montano increased his offensive workload just enough to give Lyceum the edge.

Montano finished with a team-high 18 points, including four triples, along with four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. His hot shooting helped deliver the Pirates a victory.

“Sobrang blessed siyempre, at kami naman lahat hindi namin alam kung sino puputok sa amin. Laging sinasabi ni Coach (Gilbert Malabanan) sa amin na dapat laging handa kasi hindi natin alam kung sino magkakaroon ng masamang laro o sino ang magpuputok sa bawat laro,” said Montano after the game.

NCAA-99-Seniors-Basketball-MU-vs-LPU-Gyle-Montano-1 Gyle Montano steps up when Lyceum needed him most Basketball LPU NCAA News  - philippine sports newsMontano’s breakout game came at a timely moment as Lyceum’s usual go-to players were still recovering from their respective injuries. Enoch Valdez, who sat out their previous game versus Emilio Aguinaldo College, was still dealing with an illness, trying to regain his form. Similarly, John Barba was still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the EAC match.

Malabanan later praised Montano for answering the call in their place.

Enoch and Barba they’re not a hundred-percent on naman dito sa game na ito — even Mclaude (Guadana) eh. Yun yung problema ngayon yung health nila so I give credit to Montano for stepping up kasi yung laro niya nawala eh. Matagal ko na hinahanap yung laro niya ngayon ko lang nakita,” shared Malabanan.

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NCAA-99-MU-vs-LPU-Patrick-Montano Gyle Montano steps up when Lyceum needed him most Basketball LPU NCAA News  - philippine sports newsMalabanan has long known what Montano is capable of, as the forward has been under Malabanan’s wing since high school, a product of the Junior Pirates program.

Montano, the sweet shooter out of Consolacion, Cebu, shares that he does not actively hunt for his shots but waits for the right moments.

“Sa totoo lang, hindi ko hinahanap ang mga iyon. Inaantay ko lang na ito’y lumabas, at palaging nagpe-prepare ako sa mga ganitong laro.”

Montano and the rest of the Pirates will look to keep their hot streak going on Sunday at 12:20 p.m. as they battle against Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

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Vito Martin is a sportswriter from the Philippines. In 2023, he graduated from the Ateneo De Manila University with a degree in BS Psychology. He wrote for Ateneo’s official school publication The GUIDON, where he covered basketball, football, baseball, badminton, and other collegiate sports. He is a life-long fan of the Boston Celtics and an avid follower of the NBA

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