Quiambao finally ends up getting payback vs first-round tormentors as he anchors L. a. Salle’s upward thrust to No. 2


Kevin Quiambao (No. 17) made sure no one swept the season against La Salle. —AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Kevin Quiambao (No. 17) made certain no person swept the season towards L. a. Salle.—AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Kevin Quiambao had his eyes at the 3 groups that defeated L. a. Salle within the first around of the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match.

After an 88-78 victory over Nationwide College (NU) in the second one around, the multifaceted large guy let his motivation slip.

“We misplaced to them within the first around,” he stated, regarding a detailed 80-77 choice hammered out by means of the Bulldogs all through the primary assembly of each faculties. “I didn’t need that to occur once more.”

So made up our minds used to be Quiambao that NU’s first-round victory can be a one-off that he poured in an extraordinary triple-double, certainly one of two he would accomplish within the season. The 6-foot-8 ahead completed with 17 issues, 14 assists, 11 rebounds and 4 steals within the second-round conflict between the Archers and the Bulldogs, a large bounce from his 25 issues, 9 rebounds and 4 assists within the first-round defeat.

That served as a caution to the opposite groups that beat L. a. Salle within the first around. None of them have been ready to do anything else about it anyway.

By the point Quiambao used to be accomplished getting again at first-round tormentors, the nationwide pool member downplayed his revenge excursion.

“For me, I simply doubled my effort after which my mindset getting into this sport used to be that we can’t lose, for the reason that workforce is already on the upward thrust with regards to expansion. The educational procedure and curve used to be there,” Quiambao advised the Inquirer remaining Sunday, after L. a. Salle held off fierce rival Ateneo, 72-69, to comb via its second-round calendar.

“I at all times inform the workforce to experience this second as a result of the large and intense crowd,” he added.

Quiambao completed with 14 issues, 9 rebounds and 6 assists towards Ateneo, the one get-back sport the place he used to be statistically less than his output within the first-round defeat. Quiambao had 17 issues, 14 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks when Ateneo beat L. a. Salle, 77-72, of their first assembly.

Most sensible seed

“The workforce didn’t have revenge in its thoughts. Our mindset used to be to simply center of attention on what’s in entrance people and what we will be able to do about it … We actually simply experience enjoying. We had every different’s backs,” the L. a. Salle program cornerstone added.

Most sensible seed College of the Philippines (UP) additionally were given a style of Quiambao’s payback.

After completing with 14 issues, seven rebounds, 3 assists and two steals in a 67-64 defeat to the Maroons of their first assembly, Quiambao completed with 22 issues, 12 rebounds, 3 steals and two assists in an 88-79 victory by means of the Archers in the second one around.

The ones seize victories helped L. a. Salle end at No. 2 with an 11-3 (win-loss) card and gave the archers precious coverage within the Ultimate 4.

“Trainer [Topex] at all times says that the expansion rose ranging from our loss to UP within the first around and credit score additionally is going to my teammates who reduced their ego for trainer’s device,” Quiambao stated.

L. a. Salle will combat Nationwide College within the Ultimate 4, wanting to win simply as soon as to get rid of NU whilst having an additional sport in its pocket to fish out in case the Bulldogs win their semifinal fit.

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“The suits will probably be intense and whoever we are facing, I do know they are going to now not move down simply—and we’re the similar manner. We’ll center of attention on what we now have and what we will be able to keep an eye on,” Quiambao stated. INQ



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