UNIVER­SITY OF PER­PET­UAL HELP SYS­TEM DALTA AL­TAS

LOS­ING TOOK ON A DIF­FER­ENT HUE OVER AT THE UNIVER­SITY OF PER­PET­UAL HELP SYS­TEM DALTA LAST SEA­SON AS THE LAS PIÑAS OUT­FIT EN­DURED ITS SIXTH CON­SEC­U­TIVE LOS­ING CAM­PAIGN – BUT UN­DER THE DIREST OF CIR­CUM­STANCES. A FEW DAYS BE­FORE THE START OF SEA­SON 86, THE

Rebound Magazine - - NCAA PREVIEW - by Chris­tian D. Soler

The two cen­ters of con­tro­versy in that thorny in­el­i­gi­bil­ity case – Mar­lon Gomez and Paul Nuilan – trained with the squad un­til they learned of their fate just days be­fore open­ing tip. Their ab­sence ac­cen­tu­ates the loss of Raffy Ynion, al­ready an em­bat­tled fig­ure down low in his fi­nal year. That’s how small the Al­tas will be in Sea­son 87. Hard­work­ing Jus­tine Alano (8.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG) was al­ready un­der­sized at the power for­ward spot but will be forced to play cen­ter along with Je­orge Allen (10.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG). Alano pro­vides ex­tra mus­cle thanks to his crafty play and will­ing­ness to hus­tle and se­cure that leather, while Allen can use his ath­leti­cism in the paint. The “big man by com­mit­tee” set-up will also fea­ture nat­u­ral small for­ward Harold Ar­boleda (5.1 PPG, team-high 6.8 RPG), a rev­e­la­tion in 2010 de­spite spend­ing a bulk of his min­utes fill­ing in the four-spot. He could start the game at the three po­si­tion but even­tu­ally move up to the four given Per­pet­ual Help’s dearth of big men.

Jett Vi­dal re­mains one of the league’s dead­li­est snipers. Ex­pect him to im­prove on his 30.2 per­cent three-point shoot­ing clip as he at­tempts to off­set the loss of lead­ing scorer Arnold Dan­ganan. Join­ing him in the back­court is third-year play­maker Chris Elo­pre, a po­tent passer who had a break­out rookie cam­paign be­fore sput­ter­ing in Sea­son 86. The onus will be on Elo­pre to push the ball on ev­ery oc­ca­sion as the Al­tas try to make the best out of their small lineup.

Bench

The squad’s lack of ceil­ing spills onto the back-up corps. Re­turnee Harold Sumera and rookie for­ward Jonathan Tong­gal, a

Na­tional Bas­ket­ball Train­ing Cen­ter prod­uct from Gen­eral Santos City, add some heft and phys­i­cal­ity, but nei­ther of them are as big or wide-bod­ied as op­pos­ing big men. Shoot­ing for­ward and for­mer FEU-FERN star An­thony Paulino will get his chance to bol­ster the ro­ta­tion af­ter spend­ing a cou­ple of years with the scout team.

The sil­ver lin­ing in hav­ing a smaller unit is speed, and that’s what Per­pet­ual Help’s sec­ond-stringers pos­sess. Lead­ing that charge is combo guard and spark plug Jaypee Asun­cion, a sec­ond-year who played scarcely in 2010. He’s been draw­ing rave re­views in the pre-sea­son with his en­ergy, and his lanky frame can pay div­i­dends on both ends of the floor. Play­mak­ers Joel Jolang­cob and Markley Parico, and sopho­more Cris Si­son will all

have a crack at spot duty.

Coach­ing

The pro­tracted el­i­gi­bil­ity hear­ings that car­ried over to 2011 prompted the res­ig­na­tion of Boris Aldeguer around a week be­fore Per­pet­ual Help’s open­ing game in Sea­son 87. Tak­ing his place is his chief deputy, Jimwell Gi­can, whose lat­est coach­ing stints in the col­le­giate ranks were with Cole­gio de Sta. Mon­ica and Las Piñas Col­lege.

Gi­can, who is also part of Aldeguer’s staff at De La Salle-Zo­bel, seems in­tent on build­ing on what his pre­de­ces­sor ini­ti­ated when he took the helm two years ago, with heavy em­pha­sis on scor­ing in tran­si­tion and fall­ing back on vari­a­tions of the tri­an­gle of­fense should his squad fail to con­vert on the pri­mary break.

In­tan­gi­bles

Per­pet­ual Help lost its first 14 games in 2010 and set a new record for the worst start to an NCAA sea­son be­fore win­ning its fi­nal two as­sign­ments. Go­ing into Sea­son 87, the men­tal game is just as fe­ro­cious as the op­po­si­tion. Two months be­fore his res­ig­na­tion, Aldeguer de­clared, “We’ve got to be­lieve that we’re good enough to win again.” This will surely be Gi­can’s mantra head­ing into the NCAA wars.

Out­look

A re­al­is­tic, short-term goal for the Al­tas would be to dis­tance them­selves from the bot­tom and avoid get­ting blown out on a con­sis­tent ba­sis. The com­ing sea­son presents the pro­gram, as a whole, the chance to har­ness the tal­ent of its younger play­ers.

C PF SF SG PG Jus­tine Alano Je­orge Allen Harold Ar­boleda Jett Vi­dal Chris Elo­pre

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