MANILA, Philippines—Amid a high-intensity and bodily encounter, Faculty of St. Benilde huge man Will Gozum reminded the remainder of the league that he’s nonetheless the reigning NCAA MVP.
It took him 13 video games however Gozum lastly discovered his MVP kind in the Blazers’ 84-81 victory over Jose Rizal University within the NCAA Season 99 males’s basketball match on Tuesday at San Juan Area.
With defenders swarming him left and proper, the graduating Gozum stored his composure to complete with a season-high 27 factors on prime of 5 rebounds.
“With me, I’m simply pondering of basketball and when it bought bodily, my coaches simply jogged my memory to settle down, focus and have enjoyable with the sport,” stated Gozum, who led Benilde to its fifth victory in a row.
Gozum additionally had a pair of blocks and none larger than his final rejection when he denied JRU’s Joshua Guiab’s potential game-tying triple on the buzzer.
“I used to be simply composed on the defensive finish there. I didn’t need us to go to OT, I simply needed us to win. After I blocked him (Guiab) that’s after I bought the boldness that we bought it (win),” stated the 6-foot-4 Gozum.
Earlier than Tuesday’s sport, Gozum had been taking part in inconsistently for the Blazers, posting norms of simply 12.9 factors and 6.8 rebounds per sport—a letdown from his MVP averages of 16.9 factors and 9.8 boards final season.
Gozum’s efforts definitely didn’t go unnoticed.
“[Our] protection has been fairly good. Will Gozum performed good basketball so he was large for us. it’s been okay, we caught to our strengths, centered on our sport plan and did no matter we ready for,” stated the highest coach.
“Kind of, they’ve been listening to us so it’s been working for us.”
Gozum tries to maintain his play when Benilde figures in a showdown with prime workforce Lyceum on Friday.