MANILA, Philippines—Jacob Cortez is shaping as much as be San Beda’s veteran heading ahead within the NCAA Season 99 males’s basketball event however there’s nonetheless room for enchancment, in keeping with him.
Cortez was one in every of two Purple Lions gamers who scored a team-high 14 factors within the squad’s 68-63 win over rival Letran at San Juan Enviornment on Friday.
“[There’s] nonetheless loads to work on, earlier I confirmed my weak point defensively however it’s nonetheless an extended season so it’s one thing to develop on for me,” mentioned Cortez.
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The previous UST participant didn’t comprise his guard counterpart in Kurt Reyson, who scored 22 markers for Letran.
Cortez, nonetheless, was on all ends of the ground with three boards, three assists, a steal and a block.
His stellar play gave the Purple Lions a roaring 3-1 begin to the season.
However all credit score was not on him. Cortez additionally reiterated that belief was an enormous purpose for San Beda’s victory over long-time rival Letran, which dropped to a winless 0-4 report within the season.
“Coach (Yuri Escueta) instructed me to belief my gamers extra and are available down the stretch, that’s what I did. Finally, Yuks (Andrada), Alex (Visser) and our free throws began to go in so it’s simply belief. I give credit score to them.”
Cortez’s management might be put to check towards a a lot more durable opponent on Sunday when the Purple Lions go up towards Lyceum, which is undefeated in 5 video games.