Jun Roque has accepted the fact that he is now among the go-to guys of youth-laden University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in the NCAA Season 99.
That's why the sophomore baller has instilled it in his system to always rise when the ALTAs need him most.
Roque shone in Perpetual's massive upset against San Beda University on Friday, churning out a team-high 19 points alongside seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal to steer the ALTAs to a 61-57 victory.
The rising star said he just made sure to bounce back from a previous lackluster outing that saw him finish without any field goal in their 81-74 triumph against Arellano University last Tuesday.
"Sobrang saya kasi kailangan ko talagang bumawi kasi ako din ‘yung inaasahan ng team. Kailangan naming manalo," Roque said.
"Sabi nga sa amin ni coach Myk (Saguiguit), kaya naman namin i-sweep ‘yung second round basta mag-stick lang kami sa game plan."
(I am very happy because I need to get back and the team is relying on me. We need to win. Coach Myk told us, we need to sweep the second round so we stick to the game plan.)
With Roque returning to his old form, the ALTAs have now won three straight games to rekindle their Final Four hopes after a flat start to the season.
Saguiguit was also ecstatic to see his players finally getting their chemistry and groove this season with the likes of Cyrus Nitura, Christian Pagaran, Mark Omega, and veteran team captain Jielo Razon also producing crucial numbers.
"Nakuha na nila ‘yung rhythm nila eh. Sa start namin puro adversities, ngayon na-overcome na nila so ngayon nandito na kami ngayon sa masayang stage," Saguiguit said.
"Sa aura ngayon ng team ko, parang laban na talaga ‘yan."
(They got the rhythm. During the start, there were adversities, now they have overcame it so they're here now in this stage. They're fighting.)
—JKC, GMA Integrated News