MANILA, Philippines — Kevin Quiambao stated he was overwhelmed when he was serenaded with MVP chants late in La Salle’s victory over College of the Philippines on Sunday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.
However the MVP frontrunner didn’t let the cheers distract him and saved his give attention to serving to La Salle notch its fourth straight win on the expense of the top-seeded Preventing Maroons, 88-79, within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event.
“Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm pero yung nga malayo pa itong season. Focus lang kami kung ano ang nasa harap namin,” stated Quiambao, who completed with 22 factors, 12 rebounds, three steals, and two assists. “Ginagawa ko lang ang trabaho ko and doble effort lang. Good factor naman na yung resulta gumaganda.”
Quiambao scored 11 of La Salle’s final 14 factors to keep away from a late-game collapse and tally their fourth straight win for a 7-3 report in third place.
However regardless of taking up down the stretch, Quiambao gave a lot credit score to his teammates and coach Topex Robinson.
“For me, sinunod ko lang ang sytem ni coach. Sa takeover, di ako naniniwala sa ganyan. Talagang dinoble ko lang ang effort ko. Good factor naman ang sitwasyon umaayon sa akin and laging nasa isip ko na hinding-hindi na ako pwedeng matalo this recreation dahil each recreation issues na this second spherical,” he stated. “So sobrang grateful ako na nakuha ang panalo and sumu-shoot mga tira ko. Credit score dito kay Jonnel (Policarpio), kaming dalawa ang nag-run.”
Quiambao, final season’s Rookie of the 12 months, is on observe to be the primary native UAAP MVP since Kiefer Ravena’s back-to-back run in 2014 and 2015.
He believes that he performed extra aggressively previously video games which led to a string of stellar performances.
“Nung first spherical, nung first three video games, extra on nagse-settle ako on jumpers. Each recreation lagi akong sinasabihan ni coach Topex na kailangan kong maging aggressive,” stated Quiambao.
“Each recreation, each follow kailangang maging aggressive. Isipin ko muna ang mga teammates ko so good factor naman na nagbubunga lahat and nagre-respond mga teammates ko. Credit score sa kanila dahil di ko naman magagawa to nang di dahil sa kanila.”
However Quiambao is extra involved in main La Salle to a championship than the MVP plum as La Salle goes for a fifth consecutive win on Wednesday Adamson at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.
“Nung first spherical talagang kumompete sila towards sa amin. This previous few weeks maganda ang nilalaro nila. Tulad ng sinasabi ni coach, excited. Excited ako na makalaban sila sa Wednesday,” he stated. “Di naman yan about sa kanila, about sa amin kung paano kami maglalaro, paano yung mindset naming coming into the sport on Wednesday. Subsequent two days sobrang essential sa amin dahil galing kami sa panalo so mataas ang morale namin.“