With seven sophomores and five rookies to depend on, College of Saint Benilde (CSB) Blazers coach Gabby Velasco said that his wards would most likely bank on defensive play in the upcoming National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament.
“Our main priority this time is playing defense because we are a young team,” Velasco told The Manila Times. “We will have seven sophomores and five rookies in our team, so it is hard on our part to set a higher goal but we’ll do our very best.”
Velasco added that they are aiming to improve their 5-13 win-loss record last year. “We just wanted to improve it and if we are lucky enough to enter the Final Four, then so be it.”
Displaying their prowess this season are the 6’7 Nigerian Clement Lentcheu and Filipino-American Yankee Haruna as well as returning veteran Pons Saavedra, JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, Christian Fajarito, Gerard Castor, Rene Sta. Maria and Carlo Young.
“They will play an important role in our campaign this season. I still feel optimistic of our chances,” said Velasco, referring to the capabilities of Lentcheu and Haruna. “Saavedra will be the leader of this team because of his experience.”
Besides playing defense, the Blazers will be employing a running game.
“We are more of a running team because we are not that big but we are ready to go up against other schools. Two to three years from now, I believe our young players will reach their peak and full potential as a team,” said Velasco.