King Knight Mark Cruz is leading the Letran resurgence.
The Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Knights have taken the 91st Season of the NCAA by storm. Leading the charge is pint-sized point guard and team captain Mark Cruz who is averaging a team-high 17.60 points, 4.20 assists, 3.80 rebounds, and 3 steals a game in 27.80 minutes.
Cruz spearheaded the team’s week with a 29 point, seven steals outing in a win against the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags. Then, last Thursday, Cruz was clutch in in their marquee match-up against the University of Perpetual Help DALTA Altas. The spitfire point guard had 15 points in the game and delivered in crunch time to gain a 77-71 win, their fifth straight.
With the heroics of Cruz, he earned the ACCEL Quantum and 3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors. For the season, Cruz also has amassed 19 triples that also saw Letran beat five-time defending champion, the San Beda College Red Lions.
The team captain, however, does not want to let his team’s guard down. “For me, lahat ng teams lumakas. Kahit sino ang makalaban namin, kailangan namin i-treat na malakas sila,” he said.
Other nominees for the NCAA Player of the Week honors were:
San Beda College Red Lions’ Ola Adeogun:
Arellano University Chiefs’ Jio Jalalon:2015/07/24 def. San Sebastian, 104-92
Average: 14.00PPG, 5.80RPG, 10.80APG, 3.20SPG
Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers’ Tey Teodoro:
2015/07/24 def. Lyceum, 75-60
Average: 11.80PPG, 2.40RPG, 3.40APG