MANILA, Philippines — Kevin Quiambao’s arduous work within the offseason rapidly confirmed when he led La Salle to a profitable begin within the UAAP Season 86 on Sunday.
Taking part in in his finest form but, Quiambao dropped a double-double of 14 factors and 14 rebounds on prime of three assists as the Inexperienced Archers beat Far Japanese College, 87-76, at Mall of Asia Area.
The 6-foot-8 massive man credited coach Topex Robinson, who impressed him to take his sport to the subsequent degree.
“To begin with, coach Topex sees my potential after which, I spotted that I need to degree up and the grind is addicting. I need to obtain one thing in life not simply in basketball,” Quiambao shared. “Each time I work out within the health club, I’m stress-free. Good factor the [fitness] program of coach coach Migs Aytona is expounded to the system of coach Topex. Thus far, so good.”
Quiambao got here to the rescue when La Salle noticed its 20-point lead dwindle right down to seven late within the fourth. The reigning Rookie of the Yr made well timed gamers together with the game-sealing turnaround jumper, 86-73, with 52 seconds left.
“It’s extra on following the system. FEU made a late run however I can’t be on a takeover mode alone. I nonetheless have to play inside the system and inside the circulate. Good factor we had been in a position to execute and we’re grateful we acquired the win,” Quiambao stated.
Quiambao is raring to assist La Salle rise from lacking the Remaining 4 final yr particularly after lacking the Archers’ final two video games as a result of COVID-19.
The 22-year-old seeks to maintain their momentum going towards archrival and defending champion Ateneo on Wednesday, 6 p.m., at MOA Area.
“For me, this can be a new problem as coach Topex stated. We’ve got to remain centered and proceed bettering. It’s good to share the ground within the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. Nonetheless, I’m so excited and see you Wednesday,” Quiambao stated.