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Justine Sanchez fights for embattled ex-Red Cubs coaches

Justine Sanchez had extra motivation during San Beda University’s 76-63 win against Arellano University on Wednesday.

The sophomore scored nine of his 10 points in that first half, along with four rebounds, two blocks, an assist, and a steal.

“Na-boost ‘yung confidence ko para maglaro eh. So, nag-click lang instant na di ko rin masabi kanina na ang ganda ng timing ko sa pagpasok. Ang ganda ng pagpasok ko sa opensa,” said the six-foot-five forward, who is averaging 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game this season.

And with the recent issue about the Red Cubs coaching staff getting the pink slip, it was no wonder why Sanchez had added motivation and dedication to winning the game.

He is one of the young guns from the Red Cubs program last 2019, and was a champion in Season 95 of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament. Given this, Sanchez dedicated this game to all of the coaching staff from the juniors’ team who helped him shape himself into what player he is now.

“About sa game ko kanina ginawa ko lang ‘yung best ko. And dinedicate ko’yung laro na ‘yun sa mga coaches ko nung high school na para sa kanila ‘yung larong ‘yun,” Sanchez expressed.

“Sila coach Manu Iñigo, coach VL [Sandalo], boss Jarvis [Co], sila coach Onelle [Balinton], and Arman, at coach Noli [Mejos]. Binoost lang nila ‘yung confidence ko sa mga tao na karapat dapat sila sa high school coach.”

Head coach Yuri Escueta emphasizes that he wants to help Sanchez improve his one-on-one plays since he was limited in the second half with only a point.

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Still, the TNT Tropang Giga assistant coach wants to develop Sanchez into a formidable player when he steps up to the pro league. After all, there, he will go against wing players like Calvin Oftana, Troy Rosario, and Javee Mocon.

“I told them naman bigger responsibility relies with them diba? So they play most of the minutes diba they get most of the touches. One of the reasons nandito ako is to be able to help these guys playing basketball the right way they could bring whenver they go to in the future,” Escueta said.

“Ayoko kasi ‘yung ‘oo umi-score nga sila ng bente dito, rebound nga sila tig-sampu,’ pero lahat naman in terms of decision making medyo [maayos] dahil kayang kaya nila mga kalaban nila. Pag nag pro si [Justine] mga kalaban niya sa wing si [Troy] Rosario, [Calvin] Oftana, [Javee] Mocon.”

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College student in San Beda University, part of the San Beda Red Sea Lions Swim Team, and likes watching anime

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