UAAP: Carl Tamayo credits help from talented UP side for stellar showing

UP’s Carlo Tamayo and Zavier Lucero. UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Carl Tamayo, the one rookie within the prime 5 of the MVP race, mentioned anybody from the College of the Philippines can shine at any given recreation within the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball event.

The 6-foot-7 freshman unleashed his season finest 21 factors on prime of 10 rebounds to hang-out Nationwide College, 84-76, for their seventh straight win final Tuesday at Mall of Asia Area.

Tamayo deflected his finest faculty recreation but to the system of coach Goldwin Monteverde and his staff’s depth.

“It was just a good day for me. I’m just trying to be aggressive inside the court, it could be me, it could be Zav (Lucero), it could be Ricci (Rivero), it could be Noah (Webb),” mentioned the Nazareth Faculty standout after capturing 8-of-13.

“I just played my best and responded to the challenge of how we can win games and work as one, having lots of talent on our team,” he added.

After eight video games, the Gilas Pilipinas cadet emerged because the lone rookie within the prime 5 MVP race tied with Far Japanese College middle Emman Ojuola in fourth place with similar 57.0 statistical factors.

UP has three gamers within the prime 10 statistical factors together with No.2 Zavier Lucero, who had 67.0 statistical factors — not far behind chief Ange Kouame of Ateneo (68.0), and Malick Diouf at joint seventh place tied with Adamson’s Jerom Lastimosa and FEU’s RJ Abarrientos and L-Jay Gonzales with similar 50.0 SPs. Graduating winger Ricci Rivero  is presently at eleventh with 49.0 SPs.

Tamayo averaged 13.13 factors and seven.5 rebounds per recreation that helped the Combating Maroons earn their longest successful streak in latest reminiscence for the solo second place, successful seven consecutive of their eight matches.

“I just follow our system and do my best to finish the passes of my teammates. I’m trying to be aggressive every time and try to help our team to start strong, and then finish strong,” he mentioned.

The 21-year-old massive man attributed their spectacular run to their similar successful mentality every recreation.

“We approach the game the same way regardless of who we are facing. Ateneo, UE or any team we approach the same way. We try to be aggressive every time, and then our goal is to win the game whoever we play against,” Tamayo mentioned.

UP tries to increase its successful streak in opposition to FEU on Tuesday subsequent week.

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