Levi dela Cruz steps out of Salado’s shadow to lead Chiefs

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal What’s in store for your animal sign this year Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies But one good game isn’t enough, and Dela Cruz knows that he has to sustain this good showing if he wants to find his niche in Codiñera’s rotation moving forward.But more importantly, he and the Chiefs must exhibit poise in their drive to the Final Four in the second round.“We’re all positive. Coach Jerry encourages us to not be down, not get caught up by the losses and criticisms, and to stay positive,” he said.Arellano finishes its first round schedule in a Finals rematch against San Beda on Tuesday. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “All they’re asking me is to do defense and pressure on the backcourt. Our offense will come. We’re not rushing things, but today, I think I was a little more aggressive because I was confident with the work I’m putting in after our practices,” he said.Dela Cruz has thrived in Codiñera’s frantic system with the Chiefs’ speedy backcourt that include Salado and Marwin Taywan able to terrorize the opposing team’s guards may it be on offense or defense.“I’m used to running teams like this, playing in transition so I believe I fitted quickly to the system,” he said, looking back at his previous stops in NU and UST before arriving in Arellano last year.Dela Cruz relishes his time with Salado the most, noting that the lead Chief has undoubtedly been “a role model” for him.“It’s really all Kent. He’s our senior. All I want is to do my role whenever I’m on the floor,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Enter 22-year-old Levi dela Cruz.The diminutive Davaoeño playmaker has bid his time playing behind the spitfire guard all season long but he stepped out of the shadows on Friday to help Arellano nab the 87-81 come-from-behind win against St. Benilde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Dela Cruz exploded for 24 points, 12 coming in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ huge fightback against the Blazers, on top of four assists, three rebounds, and a block.But the transferee credited his breakout performance to coach Jerry Codiñera, who has put a premium on team defense. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Levi Dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s no secret that Arellano will live and die by Kent Salado this NCAA Season 93.But it doesn’t mean that there’s no contingency plan for the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics View commentslast_img

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