Kevin Quiambao had his eyes on the three groups that defeated La Salle within the first spherical of the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match.
After an 88-78 win over Nationwide College (NU) within the second spherical, the versatile huge man let go of his motivation.
“We misplaced to them within the first spherical,” he stated, referring to a detailed 80-77 choice the Bulldogs made within the first assembly of each faculties. “I did not need this to occur once more.”
So Quiambao determined that NU’s first-round victory could be a one-off, finishing a uncommon triple-double, one in all two he would obtain this season. The 6-foot-4 ahead completed with 17 factors, 14 assists, 11 rebounds and 4 steals within the second-round matchup between the Archers and Bulldogs, an enormous soar from his 25 factors, 9 rebounds and 4 assists within the first spherical . spherical defeat.
That served as a warning to the opposite groups that defeated La Salle within the first spherical. None of them may do something about it anyway.
By the point Quiambao completed taking again the first-round tormentors, the nationwide pool member downplayed his revenge tour.
“For me, I simply redoubled my efforts and my mentality going into this match was that we will not lose as a result of the crew is already on the rise by way of development. The training course of and the curve had been there,” Quiambao instructed The Inquirer final Sunday, after La Salle held off fierce rival Ateneo (72-69) to progress by the second-round calendar.
“I all the time inform the crew to get pleasure from this second due to the massive and intense crowd,” he added.
Quiambao completed with 14 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists towards Ateneo, the one return match through which he was statistically decrease than his efficiency within the first-round loss. Quiambao had 17 factors, 14 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as Ateneo defeated La Salle 77-72 of their first assembly.
“The crew had no revenge in thoughts. Our mentality was to simply concentrate on what’s forward and what we are able to do about it… We simply get pleasure from taking part in. We had one another’s backs,” stated the cornerstone of the La Salle program.
The Philippines’ high college (UP) additionally obtained a style of Quiambao’s payback.
After ending with 14 factors, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 67-64 loss to the Maroons of their first assembly, Quiambao completed with 22 factors, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists in an 88-79 victory towards the Archers within the second spherical.
These wins noticed La Salle end at No. 2 with an 11-3 (win-loss) card and gave the Archers useful safety within the Closing 4.
“Coach [Topex] all the time says that the expansion elevated from our loss to UP within the first spherical and the credit score additionally goes to my teammates who lowered their ego for the teaching system,” stated Quiambao.
La Salle will compete towards Nationwide College within the Closing 4 and solely wants one win to eradicate NU, whereas having an additional sport beneath his belt to determine in case the Bulldogs win their semifinal.
“The video games will likely be intense and whoever we face, I do know they will not miss out simply – and we’re the identical. We are going to concentrate on what we now have and what we are able to management,” Quiambao stated. INQ