Rookie James Canlas proves worth in crucial win for San Beda

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The matchup between San Beda and Lyceum on Thursday had an atmosphere befitting of a championship series even though the they were only playing in the second round of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Huge Tokyo splash: PSL tankers triumph Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In the midst of all that hype was one rookie who shone under the bright lights and shrugged off the championship aura to deliver for the defending champions.James Canlas unleashed 18 points and six rebounds in the Red Lions’ 75-68 win over the Pirates that sealed their status as the top seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: NCAA: San Beda holds off furious Lyceum rally, secures top spot“At first I was a little bit nervous but once I got into the game, I just played good thinking that the game will come to me,” said Canlas, who reaped praises from senior point guard Robert Bolick and head coach Boyet Fernandez. MOST READ Bolick said he’s always challenging Canlas since seeing great potential in his rookie teammate.“He’s already a good player, he just needs to improve his decision-making,” said Bolick, who had 18 points and five boards. “I always challenge him because I know he’ll be better and I know that I will leave San Beda knowing that it’s in good hands.”“James will be the future of San Beda and Robert is his teacher, they proved themselves tonight,” said Fernandez whose team improved to 16-1.Canlas said he eagerly accepted the challenge from his mentors and in the process exceeded what was expected of him.“I’m a rookie and as a rookie you have to prove something to everybody,” said Canlas. “You can’t be the guy who just shows up and does nothing.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more