Jeff Napa’s declaration that Koy Galvelo is a very important player is starting to prove true.
After scoring 15 points against the EAC Generals last September 25, the transferee from Saint Clare once again heated up, leading the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights’ 89-79 triumph over the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Galvelo, who was scoreless prior to this week, dropped 16 points spiked by four triples.
And the rookie scored eight of Letran’s whopping 35 points to turn the game into a blowout.
“Good thing naga-guide siya ng mga leaders. Yung mga leaders namin willing mag-sacrifice sa team,” said Napa, referring to Bong Quinto and JP Calvo.
For their part, Bong Quinto tallied 14 points and 12 assists, while JP Calvo had 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
With the win, Letran continue to take dominion of the third spot with a 10-4 record.
“Gaya nga nung sabi ko sa kanila kanina, kailangan namin ito. Sabi nga ni coach Jeff, wala kami pakiaalam sa kalaban namin. Kailangan namin manalo para hindi na magulo,” said Quinto.
“Magandang panalo to para makabwelo naman,” added Calvo.
However, Napa warned that they need to stay consistent all throughout their matches and not suffer a repeat of their fourth quarter in this game, that saw JR Aguilar and Jed Mendoza slice a once-22 point lead down to just 10.
“Good win for us. Although medyo nag-relax kami nung fourth quarter, buti naibalik namin yung intensity,” said Napa.
Larry Muyang also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Jeremiah Taladua led the bench mob with 11 markers.
Jed Mendoza had an excellent outing for JRU with 25 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Fellow backcourtmate MJ dela Virgen had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as well.
Letran will figure in a battle for Intramuros against the Lyceum Pirates on Friday, October 5. JRU, who dropped to 2-13, will go up against the Arellano Chiefs on the same day.
CSJL 89 – Galvelo 16, Quinto 14, Calvo 13, Muyang 11, Taladua 11, Fajarito 8, Ambohot 7, Yu 5, Celis 2, Mandreza 2, Agbong 0, Balagasay 0
JRU 79 – Mendoza 25, Dela Virgen 16, Esguerra 11, Aguilar 9, Silvarez 7, Mallari 4, Santos 4, Estrella 3, David 0, Padua 0, Doromal 0, Dela Rosa 0
Quarterscores: 22-19, 57-38, 73-54, 89-79