The College of Saint Benilde Blazers is one of the most polarizing teams in the 91st season of the NCAA.
CSB is currently the seventh best defensive team in the league in holding down their opponents to just 73.78 points per game and holding down their opponents to just 41% shooting. However, the Green-and-White squad’s struggles this season have come from the offensive end. The team is currently averaging a league-worst 67.22 points a game on just 38.24% shooting. This offensive struggle has resulted to a paltry 2-7 record for the squad.
This decline from last season, a team that was just a game shy from a Final Four birth with an 11-7 record, can be attributed to the school losing a bulk of their production due to graduation.
The King Blazer Jonathan Grey is currently playing on a whole other level this season in trying to keep his team afloat. Last season, Grey was just playing 24.39 MPG and was posting norms of 12.17 points, 4.28 rebounds, 2.94 assists, and 1.94 steals. The Smart Elite Ambassador upped his game this season as he increasing his averages on all four categories: 17.89 PPG, 5.22 RPG, 3.33 APG, and 2.11 SPG. Moreover, he is posting all this coming off the bench as we documented before.
Grey’s versatile game was on full display during the NCAA All-Star game last Friday. He led the NCAA West to a come-from-behind win with 20 points on 8-for-11 field goal shooting, and added two rebounds, three assists, and a steal. His effort was awarded with the All-Star Game MVP crown.
The Smart Elite ambassador was all smiles after the game. The Laguna-native told Tiebreaker Times that he will never forget this moment for the rest of his life. “Sobrang saya ko. Maalala ko ito hanggang tumanda na ko. Di ko makakalimutan to. Di lang yun, nag-enjoy din ako sa experience na ito. Yun yung pinaka mahalaga,”a jubilant Grey said.
He also said that playing for rival head coach Aldin Ayo was a great experience. “Sobrang chill lang, sobrang okay. Sabi niya, ‘mag-enjoy tayo pero wag lang magrelax.’”
However, as the All-Star festivities ended, the student-athletes of the NCAA enter the final stretch of the season. Grey is hoping that the Blazers’ hard work in practice pays-off. “Ginagawa namin ang lahat. As in go hard everyday, four hours straight kami nagpapractice,” he said. “Sigurado ako may mangyayaring maganda dahil sa ginagawa namin,”he also vowed.
Finally, Saint Benilde’s team captain is hoping that his team can still gain a Final Four berth. “Go to the Final Four [is still the goal]. Di pa naman imposible kahit 2-7 kami ngayon, kaya pa naman,” he closed.
The CSB Blazers are currently four games behind from the fourth spot in the 91st Season of the NCAA. Saint Benilde will open their second round campaign on Friday, August 28 against the San Beda Red Lions at 12:00nn.
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